Broadcom Takes IPsec to Task (Offload That Is)!

Our friends over at  Broadcom announced on Tuesday (November 6th) a new super cool, 65nm Gigabit Ethernet controller that will incorporate support for Window Vista’s IPsec Task Offload functionality! As my boss’ boss said in the press release: “Thanks to Broadcom’s inclusion of IPsec task offload support, our mutual customers will have even greater flexibility…

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Windows File Serving: Now with More Scalability

Okay, okay.  It’s been a long while.  I have no excuses. Well, at least good excuses. I was on vacation last week.  Then there was the ramp-up to the vacation the weeks before. Before that there was this really good TV show on. My dog ate my Internet? No? Moving on: It’s T-minus one day…

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Intel I/OAT w/ WS08 @ 1/10 GigE + More Stuff

I’m back (er, yet again) from another blogging hiatus, and figured I’d share with you a little news around what we’re doing in Windows Server 2008 with regards to Scalable Networking.  Here’s the news: our pals over at Intel recently launched a bunch of new Ethernet controllers that will “facilitate high traffic flow and optimize…

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New White Paper on Intel's I/OAT with the Scalable Networking Pack

I’m back, healthy and attempting to catch up from TechEd 2007.  While it was a killer time down in Orlando, there was plenty of good stuff piled up on my desk (and in my inbox) on my return to Redmond. One of those items on the “good stuff” pile, was a newly published white paper…

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Tech·Ed 2007 - Day 3: My First Session (Recap)

Technically it is day 4 for me, but I had a little trouble posting yesterday evening since just about all the bandwidth in my hotel was consumed.  I ran the handy Speakeasy Speed Test a bunch of times and it was barely making it over 300 Kbps on the download side. Wow! It’s slightly ironic…

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The 2007 Tour: From SecMan to WinHEC to Interop and on to TechEd

May. What a crazy month! What is it that they say?  “May comes in with a joint launch for Forefront and System Center, and goes out with a Windows Server 2008 demo for a BillG keynote at WinHEC in LA” Maybe I’m confusing the old adage about the month of March. Anyhow, here’s a quick…

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WinServer "Longhorn" B3: This time it's "Ready, Set, (Download), and Evaluate!"

That’s right Windows Server “Longhorn” fans, Beta 3 is ready for your evaluation!  Simply visit http://www.microsoft.com/getbeta3, and you’re halfway there to trying out the first major public preview of our next generation of Windows Server. As our press release touts: “[With] Beta 3, customers will see new features and enhancements that include stronger security, better performance,…

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More TCP Offload Than You Can Shake a TOE At!

Last week, Alacritech (one of our Scalable Networking partners) made a pretty big announcement around expanded support for our TCP Chimney Offload architecture: “Alacritech Unveils Industry’s Most Advanced Family of Microsoft TCP Chimney Offload Compatible Scalable Network Accelerators” “Neat!” is what you’re likely saying as you parse the press release and I would agree. The release…

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WinServer 2003 SP2 Comes Alive!

So.  Yes.  Okay.  I’m a Peter Frampton fan.  And, when I learned that our planned release of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) had, well, released today, it made me think of Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive!” album from 1976.  Why?  I don’t know.  Seriously. I did happen to go to Plattsburgh State University (of…

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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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