There is no doubt that we live in a high-tech world where everything is constantly getting faster. If you're over 40, like me (sigh), you may remember a time before emails. There was a time when people actually wrote by hand and mailed letters to one another to communicate. It was a romantic and personal way to communicate, but glacially slow.
Today we communicate via email and text messages. (Some of us still talk on the phone.) With this warp speed improvement in communications, our writing has become little more than acronyms and abbreviations. (Gr8.) Personally, I don't mind the abbreviations so much when being informal. However, it can be confusing at times. For instance, take the title of this post. In the not so distant past, a friend of mine handed me a magazine titled, WTF. I thought the same thing you just did. He explained to me that he just returned from Finland and the title was an acronym for, "Welcome to Finland." With that explanation, he handed me a can of reindeer meat. It was then I thought, "WTF?"
Networking software and application monitoring software are replete with acronyms and abbreviations. It's a virtual language unto itself! Do you know this language well? If you know nothing about networking, SolarWinds software, or computers, the following exchange would be meaningless:
Hey Bill, can I FTP the RFP to the DoD, or should I just ZIP it and use the IPSec MPLS?
Well, it is up to you, but the MFIC has made it clear that SOP requires CESA approved methods, and by the way I think the ACLs are FUBAR anyway. LOL, TTYL.
The SolarWinds Acronym Dictionary:
Below is a list of the more common acronyms. Following this list is a link to a more complete acronym table.
|Acronym:||What it Means:|
|APM||Application Performance Monitor. Name changed to SAM. (SolarWinds software)|
|BIOS||Basic Input Output System|
|BBS||Bulletin Board Service|
|CMYK||Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black|
|DLL||Dynamic Link Library|
|EoC||Enterprise Operations Console. (SolarWinds software)|
|FoE||Failover Engine. (SolarWinds software)|
|FSM||Firewall Security Manager. (SolarWinds software)|
|FTP||File Transfer Protocol|
|GUI||Graphic User Interface|
|HTML||Hyper-Text Markup Language|
|HTTP||Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol|
|HTTPS||Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol (Secure)|
|IPAM||Internet Protocol Address Manager. (SolarWinds software)|
|IPV4||Internet Protocol Version 4.|
|IPV6||Internet Protocol Version 6.|
|LEM||Log & Event Manager. (SolarWinds software)|
|MAPI||Messaging Application Programming Interface|
|MIME||Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions|
|NTA||Netflow Traffic Analyzer. (SolarWinds software)|
|NCM||Network Configuration Manager. (SolarWinds software)|
|NOC||Network Operations Center.|
|NPM||Network Performance Monitor. (SolarWinds software)|
|RAID||Redundant Array of Independent Disks|
|RDP||Remote Desktop Protocol|
|RGB||Red, Green, Blue|
|RPC||Remote Procedure Call|
|SAM||Server & Application Monitor. Formerly APM. (SolarWinds software)|
|SeUM||Synthetic End-User Monitor. . (SolarWinds software)|
|SNMP||Simple Network Monitoring Protocol|
|SQL||Structured Query Language|
|SWIS||SolarWinds Information Service|
|SWQL||SolarWinds Query Language|
|TCP||Transmission Control Protocol|
|URL||Uniform Resource Locator|
|UDT||User Device Tracker. (SolarWinds software)|
|VMAN||Virtualization Manager. (SolarWinds software)|
|WHD||Web Help Desk. (SolarWinds software)|
|WMI||Windows Management Instrumentation|
|XML||Extensible Markup Language|
The list is virtually endless. To see a more complete list of such acronyms, check out this Wikipedia article.