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Acronyms abound. WTF? "WTF" = Welcome to Finland.

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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?"

The Price.

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:
APMApplication Performance Monitor. Name changed to SAM. (SolarWinds software)
BIOSBasic Input Output System
BBSBulletin Board Service
CMYKCyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
DBADatabase Administrator
DLLDynamic Link Library
EoCEnterprise Operations Console. (SolarWinds software)
FoEFailover Engine. (SolarWinds software)
FSMFirewall Security Manager. (SolarWinds software)
FTPFile Transfer Protocol
GUIGraphic User Interface
HTMLHyper-Text Markup Language
HTTPHyper-Text Transfer Protocol
HTTPSHyper-Text Transfer Protocol (Secure)
IPInternet Protocol
IPAMInternet Protocol Address Manager. (SolarWinds software)
IPV4Internet Protocol Version 4.
IPV6Internet Protocol Version 6.
LEMLog & Event Manager. (SolarWinds software)
MAPIMessaging Application Programming Interface
MIMEMultipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
NTANetflow Traffic Analyzer. (SolarWinds software)
NCMNetwork Configuration Manager. (SolarWinds software)
NOCNetwork Operations Center.
NPMNetwork Performance Monitor. (SolarWinds software)
RAIDRedundant Array of Independent Disks
RCRelease Candidate
RDPRemote Desktop Protocol
RGBRed, Green, Blue
RPCRemote Procedure Call
SAMServer & Application Monitor. Formerly APM. (SolarWinds software)
SeUMSynthetic End-User Monitor. . (SolarWinds software)
SNMPSimple Network Monitoring Protocol
SQLStructured Query Language
SWISSolarWinds Information Service
SWQLSolarWinds Query Language
TCPTransmission Control Protocol
UIUser Interface
URLUniform Resource Locator
UDTUser Device Tracker. (SolarWinds software)
VMANVirtualization Manager. (SolarWinds software)
WHDWeb Help Desk. (SolarWinds software)
WMIWindows Management Instrumentation
XMLExtensible Markup Language

The list is virtually endless. To see a more complete list of such acronyms, check out this Wikipedia article.

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