Microsoft Windows Sockets Direct is a technology that, when possible, routes data at high speed and with high performance to and from Windows Sockets applications through a system area network (SAN) instead of the TCP/IP transport and an NDIS miniport driver.
Windows Sockets Direct is included in:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP2
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Appliance Kit SP2
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
The following topics describe Windows Sockets Direct features and operations, the software components that enable Windows Sockets Direct, and the requirements for writing a SAN service provider and its associated proxy driver: