Software, systems and processes that are “validated” against a standard are typically better than those merely in “compliance” with a standard.  Validation means that a third-party agency such as NIST or the PCI Council has reviewed and tested the claim of fidelity to a standard and found it to be true.  Validating agencies will usually[..]


VAN stands for “Value Added Network”.  A VAN is a data transfer service that uses EDI and/or file transfer protocols to connect to dozens, hundreds or even thousands of businesses.  VANs are often industry-specific; the ones that are will usually connect to almost every major supplier and consumer within that industry (e.g., auto parts). As[..]


As a somewhat abstract definition, it is crucial to understand the context in which we are using the word ‘virtual’ before moving onto the definition of virtualisation. The term virtual, in this scenario is defined as “computing not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so”. Virtualisation as a concept[..]