fail soft[′fāl ‚sȯft]
A failure in the performance of a system component that neither results in immediate or major interruption of the system operation as a whole nor adversely affects the quality of its products.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
fail softThe ability to fail with minimum destruction. For example, a disk drive can be built to automatically park the heads when power fails. Although it does not correct the problem, it minimizes destruction. See failover and fault tolerant.
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