New Link Aggregation tools for Macs Small Tree Communications has announced the release of its IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation networking software for the Apple Xserve and PowerMac computers. Link Aggregation provides increased bandwidth by merging the bandwidth of the individual ports into a single virtual interface. Network traffic is then balanced across the ports which provides increased efficiency and utilization compared to a traditional subnet approach. The aggregated ports appear as a single IP address to the computer and applications, which means no application changes are required. In addition to load balancing, 802.3ad Link Aggregation is a high availability solution that provides automatic fail-over in the event any port or cable fails. All traffic that was being routed over the failed port is automatically re-routed to use one of the remaining ports. This fail-over occurs almost instantaneously and is completely transparent to the application software. More.
Key Apple shareholder snags votes, makes demands Reuters reports that he California Public Employees' Retirement System, the biggest U.S. pension fund, said on Thursday that it will withhold votes for Apple Computer's entire board of directors, after it failed to implement a shareholder-approved proposal to treat stock options as an expense. "The pension fund said it will withhold its 1.48 million shares from anyone on the board and that it will vote its shares against ratifying Apple's auditor and against a shareholder proposal that would limit executive compensation, which it says 'is too restrictive.'" CalPERS has been critical of Apple board moves including the purchase of Steve Jobs' US$90 million jet. More.
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