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Acronym Olympics

5:00 PM -- This just in. I've been officially told by AT&T Corp. (NYSE: T) officials that SOIP is now XOIP.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, good for you.

A couple weeks back, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) unfurled SOIP as an acronym for "Services Over IP," which was part of their big SDP (Service Delivery Platform) push (see Microsoft Preps for Telco Battle). They've since discovered that's a bad idea, since most folks in the storage networking business think of SOIP as "Storage Over IP."

So Microsoft and AT&T, who are partners on SDP development, are now going with XOIP, as in, "X (anything) over IP."

Now excuse me, while I get back to my XOIPing.

— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading

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