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Microsoft settles data throughput patent dispute

Microsoft has settled a patent infringement dispute brought by networking company Alacritech, which centred on data throughput performance of Windows-based servers. 

Alacritech develops software and hardware systems to take the pressure off operating systems when they are connected to high-bandwidth networks such as Gigabit Ethernet and iSCSI platforms.

The network interface allows users to process more data quicker over Ethernet and TCP/IP web networks. 

Microsoft had introduced its “Chimney” technology to Windows Server 2003, which performs in a similar way to Alacritech’s products, prompting the networking specialist to claim its patents had been infringed.

Microsoft has now agreed to license Alacritech’s technology for both Windows Server 2003 and future server platforms. 

“Customers are looking for high-performance, seamless and secure networking,” said Jawad Khaki, Microsoft vice-president of Windows networking and devices. “Today’s agreement ensures Microsoft customers and partners will be able to realise improved application, server and network performance.”


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