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It seems like every article, tweet, blog post I read someone has a different definition of the same buzzwords – especially in technology.  Mentioning cloud or big data on a tech blog is like bringing sand to the beach. That’s one of the reasons why we made The Real DevOps of Silicon Valley – to make fun of the hype.  I got to thinking… has anyone taken the time to shed some light on these ambiguous terms?  I investigated on Urban Dictionary and this is what I found…

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(Not kidding, look it up…)


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cloud com·put·ing, noun.

“Utilizing the resonance of water molecules in clouds when disturbed by
wireless signals to transmit data around the globe from cloud to cloud.
I use cloud computing so I don’t have to worry about viruses, I
only have to worry about birds flying through my cloud.’”



Screen Shot 2013-02-22 at 5.30.08 PMag·ile
, adj.

“Agile is a generalized term for a group of anti-social behaviors used by office workers to avoid doing any work while simultaneously giving the appearance of being insanely busy. Agile methods include visual distraction, subterfuge, camouflage, psycho-babble, buzzwords, deception, disinformation, and ritual humiliation. It has nothing to do with the art and practice of software engineering.”


Screen Shot 2013-02-22 at 5.18.19 PMbig da·ta, noun.

“Modern day version of Big Brother. Online searches, store purchases, Facebook posts, Tweets or Foursquare check-ins, cell phone usage, etc. is creating a flood of data that, when organized and categorized and analyzed, reveals trends and habits about ourselves and society at large.”


Screen Shot 2013-02-22 at 5.13.42 PMdev·ops, adj.

“When developers and operations get together to drink beer and color on whiteboards to avoid drama in the War Room.  Also a buzzword for recruiters to use to promote overpaid dev or ops jobs.”

Watch episode HERE.


soft·ware, noun.

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“The parts of a computer that can’t be kicked, but ironically
deserve it most.


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i·t, noun. 

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(Monty Python & the Holy Grail reference)


Hannah Current

Hannah Current

Hannah Current is the Customer Marketing Manager at AppDynamics. After graduating from Santa Clara University, she joined AppDynamics in 2012. Her goal is to visit 50 countries before her 50th birthday (currently at 26 countries and counting). Reach out to her on Twitter at @HannahHaleyC