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An Industry Defined: Green Data Center, Hybrid Cloud, IaaS, IoT, Meet-Me Room, PaaS & More

Further to our recent blog post where we announced a new glossary on the top data center and cloud industry terms, we've brought you some additional definitions to help bring clarity to the buzzwords and acronyms that are all too common in this sector. From Hybrid Cloud to IaaS to Meet-Me Rooms and PaaS, you'll find over fifty must-know terms defined on Cloudscene’s industry glossary. Check out twenty of the top terms below:

Green Data Center

A green data center is one where the power, cooling, lighting, construction and maintenance are designed for maximum energy efficiency, minimum carbon footprint and reduced environmental impact. Read about modern data centers “going green”

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

HVAC refers to the industry standard technology that provides heating, cooling and air quality services to buildings and vehicles.

Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud combines and integrates on-premises, private cloud and public cloud services, giving businesses the flexibility to switch workloads to the most efficient platform as needed.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

IaaS is a cloud-computing model that delivers virtualized computing resources over the Internet, with the hardware (servers, storage, network devices etc.) being provided and managed by an external service provider.

International Business Exchange (IBX)

IBX is a registered trademark of Equinix, and refers to Equinix’s network of colocation data centers designed to protect customers’ mission-critical data, with high reliability, redundancy, power density and security. Find Equinix data centers on Cloudscene

Interconnection Data Center

interconnection refers to the networking of multiple separate data centers and/or Internet service providers to achieve business or technology objectives. Interconnection allows facilities to share workloads for the most efficient use of resources.

Intra-Campus Cross-Connect

Intra-campus cross-connect uses fiber optic cables to interconnect clusters of nearby data centers, enabling high-speed data transfer between sites and allowing customers to leverage the combined power of the campus.

Internet Exchange (IX)

An Internet exchange is a physical facility through which Internet service providers transfer traffic between their networks using a direct connection, rather than through a third party network. The advantages are reduced cost, lower latency and more efficient bandwidth utilization.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The IoT refers to the global network of smart devices, vehicles, buildings and other objects embedded with intelligent software and sensors that enable these items to communicate and collect data.

Internet Protocol Transit (IP Transit)

Internet Protocol Transit is a service that enables traffic to traverse an ISP’s network and connect to the wider Internet.

Latency Network

latency is the delay that occurs in transmitting data over a network. High latency can adversely impact the function of many applications.

Managed Hosting

Managed hosting is a provisioning model whereby the hardware is owned by a service provider and leased to a single client, who also pays for ongoing management and maintenance of the infrastructure.

Meet-Me Room

A meet-me room is an area within a colocation data center where telecoms companies can physically interconnect circuits and exchange data without incurring local loop charges.

Metro Ethernet

Metro Ethernet refers to an Ethernet network deployed across a metropolitan area and used to connect businesses to the Internet, to a larger network, or to other offices.


A network is a group of computer systems linked together. Types of networks include Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), Storage Area Network (SAN) and Metro Area Network (MAN). Networks may be further categorized based on topology, protocol and architecture.

Network Fabric

A network of interconnected data centers enabling internet traffic exchange between networks for service providers, internet service provider (ISPs) and content delivery networks (CDNs).

N+x Redundancy

N+x redundancy is a resiliency strategy that guarantees availability in the event of component failure. If a component, N, has at least one independent backup, then this is known as N+1 redundancy. Two backups would be N+2 and so forth.

Network Service Provider (NSP)

A network service provider is a business that offers direct Internet backbone access to ISPs. Examples of NSPs include telecoms companies, data carriers and wireless communications providers. Find Service Providers on Cloudscene

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

PaaS is a cloud-computing model that delivers an environment that enables developers to build apps and services over the Internet, meaning the developers do not need to deploy local hardware and software.

Private Branch Exchange (PBX)

A PBX is a telephony system within an organization that switches internal calls between users and allows users to make and receive external calls over shared phone lines.

For more on defining the data center, visit Cloudscene’s glossary of top industry terms.

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