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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...
8 Nov 2007
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 before I embark...
5 Sep 2007
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...
9 Aug 2007
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 my marketing peers at...
14 Jun 2007
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 since I presented...
6 Jun 2007
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 recap. On May 15th...
23 May 2007
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...
26 Apr 2007
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...
17 Apr 2007
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...
14 Mar 2007
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...
21 Dec 2006
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...
21 Nov 2006
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...
17 Oct 2006
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...
17 Oct 2006
Packing the Scalable Networking Pack into Service Pack 2
There's a lot of great stuff to look forward to in the upcoming Service Pack 2 (SP2) release for Windows Server 2003. Among the long list of updates (see Ward's posting to the Windows Server Division's blog for the complete list) are two personal fav's: the Scalable Networking Pack and the IPsec Simple...
14 Aug 2006
Gone Podcastin' - New Podcasts on 10G Networking with Longhorn and IPsec Interop
Checkout these two recent podcasts: Server and Domain Isolation with Fernando Cima (MSFT Brazil) This podcast is from Port 25 which is run by the gang over in Microsoft's Open Software Labs. Fernando is a member of the Security Center of Excellence and one of the developers of a new Server and...
12 Jul 2006
Back from Beantown with More News About the Scalable Networking Pack
I'm just back from a week at TechEd 2006 (which kicked major butt) and a week's vacation before that. In addition to trying to dig out of my Inbox, install the latest builds of Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn", file my expenses, and restore my office to original spec following a prank pulled...
19 Jun 2006
TechNet's Networking and Access Technologies Site Gets a Facelift
One of the great things about TechNet...and there's a lot of great things about TechNet...is the fact it is a living website with new information, guidance, tips, etc. posted as soon as it's ready. Well, this time I'm happy to share with you that we have launched a new and improved " Networking and...
3 Jun 2006
The Scalable Networking Pack is Now Available - Oh Yeah!
It true...this morning during Bob Muglia's WinHEC 2006 keynote address, we announced the availability of the Scalable Networking Pack for Windows Server 2003. It's been one wild ride getting set for the announcement and this morning's launch. The best part is we showed some killer performance numbers...
24 May 2006
Coming Soon: "SNP for Scalable Networking Pack"
All weekend long I tried to think of a witty way to capitalize on the recent release of the film " V for Vendetta ". Sadly, this was the best I could come up with...sorry. It's worth noting that I am trying to do something with " WinHEC ", like "What the WinHEC is going on here?" Nevertheless, one...
11 Apr 2006
What, Doesn't Everyone Know About Server and Domain Isolation?
I just had a great email exchange with Jesper Johansson about Server and Domain Isolation and realized that although we've done a lot work over the last 6 to 8 months to raise awareness, we still have a bit of a ways to go. So, I figured it was worthwhile to point out a couple, relatively new resources...
23 Mar 2006
Welcome to my little piece of the Internet homestead...
It seems like everyone has a blog, so I figured it was worth throwing my hat into the ring and make my musings available for public consumption. As you've likely gathered, I am a Microsoft FTE. I'm a product manager in the recently formed Enterprise Access and Security Products group within the Windows...
18 Jan 2006
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