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name server See domain name server.
net it out v. To précis. A term used by some managers to denote a strong desire to bypass understanding of a proposed solution in favor of a simplistic quantification (as in: "Net it out for me.").
net-net v. To summarize a 3,000-word presentation into less than 20 words (as in: "I need it net-net.").
network 1. n. An arrangement of nodes and connecting branches. 2. n. A configuration of data processing devices and software connected for information interchange. 3. n. A group of nodes and the links interconnecting them.
network adapter n. A physical device, and its associated software, that enables a processor or controller to be connected to a network.
network administrator n. A person who manages the use and maintenance of a network.
network architecture n. The logical structure and operating principles (related to services, functions, and protocols, for example) of a computer network.
network common carrier n. Any organization that offers packet-switched data networks to the general public.
network computing n. The use of a scalable distributed computing infrastructure that encompasses the key elements of today's networking technologies, such as systems and network management; the Internet and intranets; clients and servers; application programs; databases; transaction processing; and various operating systems and communication protocols.
network congestion n. An undesirable overload condition caused by traffic in excess of what a network can handle.
network controller n. A concentrator and protocol converter used with SDLC links. By converting protocols, which manage the way data is sent and received, the IBM 3710 Network Controller allows the use of non-SNA devices with an SNA host processor.
network management n. The process of planning, organizing, and controlling a communication-oriented data processing or information system.
network operator 1. n. A person who controls the operation of all or part of a network. 2. n. In a multiple-domain network, a person or program responsible for controlling all domains.
network operator console n. A system console or terminal in the network from which an operator controls the network.
nice to have n. A good idea but not absolutely necessary.
nit 1. n. A task, such as improving the user interface to a program, that has not yet been done and should be easy to do. 2. n. A minor error that is easily fixed.
node [1] 1. n. In a network, a point at which one or more functional units connect channels or data circuits. 2. n. In network topology, the point at the end of a branch. 3. n. The representation of a state or event by means of a point on a diagram. 4. n. In tree structure, a point at which subordinate items of data originate.
node [2] 5. n. Any device, attached to a network, that transmits and receives data. 6. n. An endpoint of a link or a junction common to two or more links in a network. Nodes can be processors, communication controllers, cluster controllers, or terminals. Nodes can vary in routing and other functional capabilities. 7. n. In VTAM, a point in a network defined by a symbolic name.
non-concur v. To formally state that one will not support the action (such as a product announcement) of another group. The ultimate threat. Grown men have been seen to cry when threatened with this.
noodle v. To think or ponder. This verb sometimes is used as a synonym for wordsmith (see).
note n. e-mail correspondence in IBM (originally a "PROFS note"; now a Lotus Note).
nums n. Short for "numbers" (as in: "To make the nums" or achieve quota or a quantitative goal).
Nways family n. A group of IBM switched networking hardware products plus associated software.
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