A state in which a network grinds to a halt due to excessive traffic. A network meltdown generally starts as a broadcast storm that gets out of control, but even legitimate network messages can cause a meltdown if the network hasn’t been designed to accommodate that level of traffic.
- network monitoring
In network management terms, network monitoring is the phrase used to describe a system that continuously monitors a network and notifies a network administrator though messaging systems (usually e-mail) when a device fails or an outage occurs. Network monitoring is usually performed through the use of software applications and tools. At the most basic level, […]
- network neutrality
Network neutrality or net neutrality, as it is abbreviated, is the term used to describe networks that are open to equal access to all . They are non-discriminatory as they do not favor any one destination or application over another. Due to the political debate in 2006, the definition of network neutrality has changed to […]
- Network Operating System (NOS)
Abbreviated as NOS, a network operating system includes special functions for connecting computers and devices into a local-area network (LAN). Some operating systems, such as UNIX and the Mac OS, have networking functions built in. The term network operating system is generally reserved for software that enhances a basic operating system by adding networking features. […]
- network service provider
A company that provides Internet access to ISPs. Sometimes called backbone providers, NSPs offer direct access to the Internet backbone and the Network Access Points (NAPs).
- network transparency
A condition in which an operating system or other service allows the user access to a remote resource through a network without needing to know if the resource is remote or local. For example, Sun Microsystem’s NFS, which has become a de facto industry standard, provides access to shared files through an interface called the […]