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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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Virtualization actually ranges from a visual screen where administrators can make changes to their storage assignments, up to automatic provisioning where the software does it for you.
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The regional pattern of loss provisioning was reflected in the profitability of banks by Federal Reserve District (chart 5).
For example, a number of banks in the Southeast reported a decline in profitability in the first quarter of 1990 because of increased provisioning for nonperforming commercial real estate loans.
Automatic storage provisioning is getting a lot of attention lately.
Computer provisioning has been around since the inception of computers-computers produce data, and data must have somewhere to live.