Ahead Warp 1, Mr. Network

It’s that time of year again when the Christmas music plays endlessly from every speaker within earshot, people start to heading home for the holidays, and a team at Siemens sets a record for (and I quote) “electrical processing of data through a fiber-optic cable.”  According the article I read at CNET News.com, the cats…

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Webcasting a 3D Security Solution

Okay, so did your humble blogger fall down some digital mine shaft?  What could possibly explain the long delay between postings.  Well, I’ve got a litany of excuses…er…reasons.  Perhaps the most relevant one involves the new laptop I ordered and recently received (dead on arrival).  I’m not going to mention any names (especially since the laptop…

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Scalable Networking News: Alacritech and NetXen Partner to Drive 10 GigE on TCP Chimney Offload

Industry momentum around our Scalable Networking initiative, with its innovative technologies like TCP Chimney Offload and Receive-side Scaling, continues as our partners deliver new solutions for high-speed networking within Windows environments.  This morning, two of our partners — NetXen and Alacritech — announced a joint effort to develop 10 GigE solutions built on top of our…

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Simplifying Client Security Without Sacrificing Protection

Following on to my posting from yesterday, the fine folks over in TechNet have published a Security Viewpoint article I wrote about our new “security client” solution offering.  Entitled Simplifying Client Security Without Sacrificing Protection, the article focuses on the three elements of the solution, and how they help reduce the risk of not only…

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A 3-D Solution for Client Security

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot of cool news coming out of this week’s TechEd IT Forum (NOTE: I can never work out how to stick that ‘·’ thingy between the “Tech” and “Ed”) event in Barcelona, Spain. The one that’s most relevant to your humble blogger is the announcement of a public beta…

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Come Together, Right Now: IPsec and VPN Co-Existence

There’s no doubt about; we’re big fans of IPsec at Microsoft.  We’ve baked this enabling protocol into a number of cool solutions (e.g. Server and Domain Isolation and Network Access Protection), but for some this could cause a conflict with a third-party IPsec-based VPN client. In some cases, the VPN client will turn off the Windows…

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Simplifying Policy with the Simple Policy Update for IPsec

A few months ago, I wrote about the release of the Simple Policy Update for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.  This enhancement for Windows IPsec helps radically reduce the complexity of Server and Domain Isolation deployments.  I can speak from first hand experience, having recently built a new demo that included Server and Domain…

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Scalable Networking News: Intel Opens Up and Says "QuickData Technology"

There’s some pretty neat news coming out Intel’s big Developer Forum event this week in Taipei.  Just a few months after releasing Intel I/O Acceleration Technology (I/OAT) as part of the Bensley (Xeon 5000 series) processor-based platform, they are now offering access to a core component — the DMA engine — to third party networking…

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Better Together Networking Scenarios w/ Vista and Longhorn Server

Last week I delivered two webcasts for the Windows Vista TAP program members on a number of “better together” networking scenarios when you have Windows Vista on the client and Windows Server “Longhorn” on the back end.  Here’s a link to one of the webcasts we recorded:Better Together: Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn” Networking…

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Running with Digital Scissors…

We’ve all heard it before from our parents, teachers, colleagues, friends, et al.  There are certain things we shouldn’t do (e.g. run with scissors, run by the pool, etc.) because it’s just not safe, yet many of us still do these things knowing full well that there could be dire consequences.  It should come as…

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