Microsoft and Compaq are working on software to allow rapid access to high-capacity data storage area networks (SANs), in an effort to build more clustering features into Windows software.
SANs contrast with traditional corporate data storage systems that are located in remote, centralised data centres, and are connected only indirectly to desktop computers.
Microsoft and Compaq hope their standard, WinSock/SAN, will encourage developers to write more software that links data up to SANs.
WinSock/SAN is expected to go into testing next year with a release to coincide with Windows 2000.
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