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provision

the conferring of and induction into ecclesiastical offices
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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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Reduced Opex can be gained from remote and automated provisioning, which saves the cost of an engineer visit to reconfigure the CPE.
This joint development allows NTTCom's existing Operations Support Systems (OSS) provisioning tools to interact with Cyan's Blue Planet, ensuring the rapid and automated provisioning of 10 Gbps wavelengths across NTT Com's Global IP Network.
Template-based automated provisioning of multi-tier server systems including physical and virtual servers, storage, network switches, and firewalls greatly reduces the burden of management and removes human error.
By leveraging Novell's strengths in identity management, only Novell can offer an end-to-end solution from the initial access request through to the automated provisioning of that request.
Juniper NetworksEeA (NYSE: JNPR) has introduced new software and services that significantly improve the automated provisioning, management and support of enterprise and data center networks.
Complete with automated provisioning capabilities, Dynamic Server enables clients to select, order and receive infrastructure services in a matter of minutes.
Amsterdam (Netherlands)/ Trivandrum (Kerala), Sep 14 (ANI/Business Wire India): SunTec, the leading provider of convergent transaction pricing and billing solutions for the Communication, Media and Entertainment industry, has partnered with video-on-demand, IPTV and advertising software and systems leader SeaChange International to offer television service providers globally automated provisioning of IPTV consumers and accounts in 'near real time', while supporting complex revenue sharing business rules.
After evaluating several solutions for the automated provisioning of its IT services, including various open-source initiatives, CashEdge chose a system-management software solution that solved its current problems, offered dedicated customer support and provided an upgrade path for future provisioning needs.
Automated provisioning based on need yields excellent ROI on internal resources.
"Service providers that offer triple-play bundles have the lowest customer churn rates, and automated provisioning systems can save them as much as 20% in subscriber activation costs by minimizing truck rolls and manual administration.
Promises greater manageability through the use of automated provisioning software.
Verizon can use the OMS to perform single-user, automated provisioning of optical networks and services.

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