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Cloud FastPath Terminology

ACCESS KEY:  This term is synonymous with Public Key; some cloud providers use the Access Key/Secret Access Key naming convention, and some providers use the Public Key/Private Key convention.

ACCOUNT MAPPING:  The process in which a set of accounts on one platform is respectively matched to a set of accounts on a second platform, and the data for each account on the first platform is transferred to its counterpart on the second platform.

ACL (Access Control List):  the permissions on a file or folder. All of the shares listed in a single row of the Path or Path Conflicts tab of the mapping spreadsheet constitute a single ACL. However, the term is used very loosely and in some contexts may refer to the permissions for a single user on a file or folder. Historically, ACL referred to the “list” of rights a given user has to an object, particularly in the Windows world.

ADAPTER:  The mechanism Cloud FastPath uses to integrate with a data source or target.  Unique adapters exist for specific storage and file systems. Every vendor has a different adapter. Cloud FastPath contains a software development kit (SDK) for users who want to build their own adapters.

API:  Application Programming Interface; used by developers to integrate Cloud FastPath with other web services.

CFP:  Abbreviation for Cloud FastPath.

CLOUD:  Describes a compute, storage, or other service, typically operated by a third party, that is external to a company’s or individual’s premise. Examples of such clouds are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google, Joyent and Verizon cloud services.

INVITED USER:  A user who has an account created on a cloud provider, but they have not responded to their email invitation to join the corporate cloud account. Many cloud providers limit the privileges of these non-confirmed users for security reasons, which can restrict data transfer and sharing for their accounts until they accept their email invitations.

ISO:  A file that contains the image of an optical disk.  Cloud FastPath uses an ISO to configure the virtual machine that moves data from an on-premise data source to another on-premise or cloud service target.

JOB:  The task in Cloud FastPath that executes the actual data movement.  A job contains a source and a target.  To run the job, you simply click on its Transfer button.

NODE:  The source or target in a CFP job. When a system is dragged up to the source box during job configuration, it becomes a source node; if it is dragged up to the target box, it becomes a target node.

OAUTH:  The credentials, typically username and password, that are entered during creation of a system for a cloud provider, such as Box, Dropbox, or Google. These credentials authorize Cloud FastPath to access and transfer your data. Your credentials are encrypted so that they are not accessible to anyone other than Cloud FastPath.

PERMISSION MAPPING:  The process by which the sharing of folders on a source platform is functionally replicated on a target platform. Like account mapping, permission mapping involves transferring sharing privileges from a given user in the source account to another assigned user account on the target. The account name, which is frequently a user email address, is frequently the same on source and target, but it can be different.

POP:  Point of Presence.  The objects in Cloud FastPath that represent the servers involved in data transfers.  In the Cloud FastPath user interface, each POP is depicted as a circle in the Points of Presence.  Each POP’s profile contains information on the type of platform (e.g., Amazon EC2, Azure, Google), IP Address, Authorization Keys, Disk Space, and so on.

PREMISE:  A server or network accessible device installed at the brick and mortar location of an organization.  Premise servers can be the source or target of a Cloud FastPath job.

SYSTEM:  Represents specific data sources and targets such as a database, fileshare, or cloud object store.  Examples of Systems are Box systems for Box accounts and Azure Blob systems for Azure datastores.  Systems are always associated with a POP.

VIRTUAL MACHINE:  A software environment residing on a computer that excutes programs as if it were its own physical machine.  Cloud FastPath installs a virtual machine on servers involved in data transfers.  The Cloud FastPath virtual machine is specialized to perform data acquisition, compression, encryption/decryption, streaming, synchronization, WAN optimization and parallel loading.

Updated on December 17, 2020

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