Digitally Schooled — When Les Offers More I posited that “D2D2C” is an acronym. It stands for “disk-to-disk-to-cloud” and would be replacing the ten-year-old version which was “D2D2T”, the “T” being for tape. I am a data storage guy and have been gravitating to more and more cloud-enabled solutions for our customers.
From a data protection perspective, I suggested that “D2D2C” is an acronym. It stands for “disk-to-disk-to-cloud” and would be replacing the ten-year-old version which was “D2D2T”, the “T” being for tape. I am a data storage guy and have been gravitating to more and more cloud-enabled solutions for our customers. From a data protection perspective, there are significant benefits changing the alleged acronym from a “T” to a “C”. Automatically moving data to the Cloud versus having to pay for a scheduled pickup of your (hopefully second copy) tapes to remove them from a natural disaster is huge. And, that is just the beginning of the benefits. However, I digress…
We were talking about acronyms.
What I began with was “In the data storage industry, we use acronyms the way RNs use hand sanitizers – very liberally!” and I went on about the use of acronyms in the data storage industry and beyond. This was merely table setting for talking about the future proliferation D2D2C.
I was challenged by Mr. Les Jordan, a Software Engineer at TPI Europe Ltd., who indicated I was wrong. I tried to lead him down a path that would help him see things my way, but BAM! I was schooled!
Here is the discussion:
What you see is that I didn’t realize what an acronym was. It is more than “initializing” a series of words for short hand use. Mr. Jordan was right!
Yet this is how most of us use it. It has even become commonplace to joke about the myriad of acronyms we have in our industry. On one of my earliest blogs (I’m a late bloomer to this writing thing), I made up my own (click here to see what it is)
As a resource, I found a site called www.acronymfinder.com. What I didn’t read, but was clearly labeled, was this: “Acronym Finder is the world’s largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.” If Mr. Jordan happens to see this post, I hope he can help me better understand the difference between ‘abbreviations’ and ‘initials’.
As that oh-so-true saying goes, “If you’re the smartest in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” I notice that I am consistently in the right room! Ready and willing to be schooled.
Tom Mumford is Co-founder, CEO & CTO for TriAxis, Inc.
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