The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

load balancing

A feature in Backup Exec that automatically distributes jobs among any available storage devices.

Also a feature of the Backup Exec Central Admin Server Option in which jobs are automatically distributed from a central administration server to multiple managed media servers for processing among the various storage devices.

The tuning of a computer system, network tuning, or disk subsystem in order to more evenly distribute the data and/or processing across available resources. For example, in clustering, load balancing might distribute the incoming transactions evenly to all servers, or it might redirect them to the next available server.

The process of balancing the data load between disks so that I/O demands are spread as evenly as possible across an I/O subsystem’s resources. With SFW, load balancing is achieved either by moving subdisks between disks or by using the Active/Active path configuration with DMP to distribute the data load across multiple disks.