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provision

the conferring of and induction into ecclesiastical offices

provision

To set up a telecommunications line or network for a customer. The term comes from the telephone industry, in which the telco was responsible for configuring their computers to switch customer lines into the appropriate networks. The term migrated to networking in general and refers to setting up user accounts, servers or other network-related equipment.

Do It Yourself
"User provisioning" or "automated provisioning" allows customers to set up their own services and make changes from a Web browser or other client interface without having to contact the telecom or network provider and wait hours, days or weeks for the final results (see cloud computing).

A Very Old Term
The term is centuries old. Before ships would sail from Europe to the New World, they had to be "provisioned" with food, rope, weapons and instruments. See also user management and provisioning.
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Emphasis differs in utility computing between the enterprise and SMB Enterprise SMB * Traditional definition of * Simplified utility computing model utility computing as a pay-per- that works in non-enterprise use computing model environments * Emphasis on automatic * SPs may use automatic provisioning provisioning to handle large and other enterprise utility amounts of data computing requirements, but * Uses grid computing and SOA as emphasis is on managing network foundational architectures for clients with small IT staffs.
The Cloud Ready Data Center features centralized IT resources, as well as collaborative management of blade servers, and storage and network equipment, realizing automatic provisioning of computing resources and scalable cloud data services required to support future-proof smooth capacity expansion.
The billing system is fully integrated with automatic provisioning and management, while its flexibility allows billing for initial and recurring fees for hosting plans, resources, individual applications and custom services.
It also features automatic provisioning, high-performance caching, synchronous snapshots, deduplication and encryption.
Virtual machines already offer cost savings, but by adding this level of automatic provisioning, systems can become far more responsive to the demands of the business.
Here is where the industry needs a broadly adopted standard that everyone can use in providing the automatic provisioning so that it works with all OS's, all transports and all device types.
Grandstreams Automatic Provisioning System (GAPS) gives IT administrators and service providers direct control over the device provisioning and facilitates the mass deployment of its complete array of IP endpoints, surveillance cameras, and gateways.

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