The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.


A capability is a feature that is provided by a volume. For example, a volume may exhibit capabilities such as performance and reliability to various degrees. Each type of capability is defined as a set of rules.

You can create volumes having specific capabilities. A capability is a simple name used to indicate what the capability means. Storage is allocated according to your request. For example, you can ask for a volume to be Performant and Reliable. These are capabilities have parameters such as, number of striped columns or number of mirrors.