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do it with mirrors

1. To do or perform something (especially a magic trick) by using an optical illusion. Everyone was astounded when he appeared to levitate off the ground, but I'm pretty sure he just did it with mirrors.
2. To do something in a highly secretive, illusory, or inexplicable way, likened to that of a magic trick. The military operation was completely unseen, completely unnoticed by anybody, as if they did it with mirrors. The company's CEO managed to swindle his clients out of millions of dollars, doing it with mirrors so that no one would notice the disappearance of the money until it was too late.
See also: mirror

able to fog a mirror

Alive, perhaps barely. (If one holds up a mirror to one's nose or mouth, the breath will cause fog to appear.) I spent the whole day moving furniture, so I'm barely able to fog a mirror now. He'll date any woman who's able to fog a mirror.
See also: able, fog, mirror

able to fog a mirror

Fig. Inf. alive, even if just barely. (Usually jocular. Alludes to the use of a small mirror placed under the nose to tell if a person is breathing or not. (Able to can be replaced with can.) Look, I don't need an athlete to do this job! Anybody able to fog a mirror will do fine!
See also: able, fog, mirror

smoke and mirrors

deception and confusion. (Said of statements or more complicated rhetoric used to mislead people rather than inform. Alludes to the way a magician uses optical illusion to create believability while performing a trick. Fixed order.) Most people know that the politician was just using smoke and mirrors to make things look better than they really were. Her report was little more than smoke and mirrors. No one will believe any of it.
See also: and, mirror, smoke

smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors are words and actions that are intended to deceive or confuse people, especially by making something seem better than it really is. The president claims that his economic plan is free of the smoke and mirrors of previous presidential budget proposals. Thousands of shareholders learned too late that the company's image of success had been created with smoke and mirrors. Note: Magicians sometimes use smoke and mirrors when they are performing tricks, in order to confuse or deceive people.
See also: and, mirror, smoke

all done with mirrors

achieved with an element of trickery.
This phrase alludes to the fact that conjuring tricks are often explained as being achieved through the skilful use of mirrors; compare with smoke and mirrors (at smoke).
See also: all, done, mirror

smoke and mirrors

the obscuring or embellishing of the truth of a situation with misleading or irrelevant information. chiefly North American
1998 Sunday Telegraph Ministers accused the Conservatives of a ‘smoke and mirrors’ con trick.
See also: and, mirror, smoke

smoke and ˈmirrors

used to describe ways of tricking people or of hiding the truth: He said the government had used smoke and mirrors to raise taxes.The commission has declared war on the smoke and mirrors of sales promotions.
See also: and, mirror, smoke

done by mirrors

and done with mirrors
mod. illusory; accomplished in a way that is purposefully deceptive. He’s not really smart. It’s all done by mirrors. The whole budgetary process is done with mirrors.
See also: done, mirror

done with mirrors

See also: done, mirror

smoke and mirrors

n. a strategy of deception and cover up. Her entire report was nothing but smoke and mirrors. Who could believe any of it?
See also: and, mirror, smoke

smoke and mirrors

Something that deceives or distorts the truth: Your explanation is nothing but smoke and mirrors.
See also: and, mirror, smoke
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Legato Mirroring Extension is an added-value solution for MCS with a mirrored storage configuration to ensure integrity of data on both servers in the cluster.
Legato Mirroring Extension includes Legato SNMP Cluster Monitoring Services that enables low-overhead SNMP monitoring of MCS, Windows NT event log, Windows NT and application servers over a LAN or WAN.
The optimal approach is to offer both synchronous and asynchronous mirroring solutions.
One of the most critical factors in selecting a mirroring solution is the ability to ensure the integrity of the data being replicated between sites.
CLARiiON Remote Mirroring is available in two options:
CLARiiON Remote Mirroring is built upon the industry-leading CLARiiON FC5000 Series of Fibre Channel RAID disk arrays.
SANRAD's iSCSI switch, as an example, provides synchronous mirroring using direct attached SCSI storage systems and direct-attached or fabric-attached FC storage systems.
We can expand a simple remote synchronous mirroring installation into a complete storage disaster recovery configuration.
Mirroring between systems can be achieved regardless of distance, utilizing existing networks.
Qualix DataStar supports network mirroring from one source system to one target system, from one source to multiple targets or from multiple sources to a single target.
Cost: Software costs can be a significant factor in the overall cost of a mirroring solution.
Now, the combination of lower-cost disk arrays and new mirroring technologies, such as SAN fliers from ONStor, will greatly reduce the expense and complexity of SAN-based replication and will bring its benefits to the open systems arena.
Or, mirroring two RAID-5 arrays together allows one mirror to take all IO activity while the other undergoes parity rebuild.
The total usable capacity generated from a given raw capacity, which is total raw capacity minus capacity generated for redundancy (again, mirroring for RAID-1 and RAID-1+0, which is seven drives for a 14-drive array; parity for RAID-5, which is one drive for a 14-drive array).
Really intelligent disk-based mirroring schemes use techniques to trace changes that have occurred causing the original and the mirror to differ.