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It’s common knowledge that technology moves fast. But how fast?  The answer is actually daunting. Currently, technology is advancing at an 18-month doubling rate, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). That means that in a mere year and a half, technology will be twice as powerful as what we have today. And this rate of improvement is only increasing.

With technology changing so rapidly, it can be difficult to keep on top of all of its buzzwords. Today’s buzzwords will be different from the words you’ll need to know next year, but some terms do have staying power. Get to know these terms so you can better communicate about technology – and more effectively understand the advancements that are just over the horizon.

Asynchronous Mirroring

A way to protect against data loss without slowing application response time. Using this method, updates to the local site or working area are immediate. Updates to the remote site, however, are delayed until there are enough network resources. While efficient, this method comes with a slightly higher risk of data loss.

Circuit-level Gateway

A proxy server that acts as a firewall between trusted internal users and external systems. Internet traffic is allowed through, but external systems are unable to see internal systems.

Cloud Integration

The process of setting up application programs to store and share data over the Internet, instead of on internal servers. This setup is known as with “the cloud.” Applications that go into the network communicate either directly with each other or through third-party software.

Data Center Colocation

A facility where businesses can rent server space with other companies. Companies can rent servers and increase server space as their needs change.

Disaster Recovery

A plan to protect businesses in case IT equipment or data records are damaged or in the event of a power outage.


Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN)

A type of technology that safeguards data over a shared IP network infrastructure. Security is maintained using the two main tools of encryption or traffic partitioning or by separating traffic streams on the same network.


Deceptive online advertising containing malicious code that could cause computer systems to crash.

Storage Area Network (SAN)

A high-speed network that connects to multiple servers. To maintain speed and performance, this network organizes and moves data from a common network to sub-networks.

Self-healing Network

A system that can detect when it’s not operating correctly and then fix itself.


The process of creating abstract versions of devices or resources. This method allows users to divide resources into two or more parts, increasing productivity and improving data integrity.

Virtual Server

Part of a physical server that has been partitioned into multiple environments through the virtualization process. This method is used to maximize resources.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

An encrypted connection through which authorized users can access internal systems from remote locations. Though it may seem like we will eventually reach a point at which technology can no longer advance, current growth suggests that time is not in the foreseeable future. As technologies evolve, so will the vocabulary you need to possess in order to speak with authority about them. Staying on top of these terms will likely prove difficult. But we’ll be here to help. Lucky you!