Starting Soon, Windows 8 Major Improvements to Revolutionize File Access in Branch Offices

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2009 09:59 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 15 April 2009 02:05

 Windows 8 improvements and innovative features designed to reinvent the file access wheel for branch offices are planned to debut soon, according to Microsoft. Planning for Windows 8, the successor of Windows 7,  is already well under way, but there’s no way to tell yet if Microsoft will start the actual work on the DFSR (Distributed File System Replication ) file replication engine in Windows 8, or if the features will debut into the planning stage. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, already offer companies with branch offices BranchCache which streamlines access to content. Cached content is available either in Distributed Cache mode (peer-2-peer clients) or in Hosted Cache mode (hosted on a Windows 7 Server). 

“For the upcoming version of Windows, new critical features are being worked on including cluster support and support for one way replication. The core engine is also being reworked to provide dramatic performance improvements. We will also soon be starting major improvements for Windows 8 where we will be including innovative features which will revolutionize file access in branch offices,” reads an excerpt from a Microsoft job posting for the position of Lead Software Development Engineer in Test – Date Posted: 04/14/2009.

 
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The full job details from Microsoft:

Are you a talented SDE/T Lead looking for the next technical challenge on a key operating system component? Are you passionate about distributed systems, networking, file systems and want to be the leader of a cutting edge project? Are you looking for a team with abundant opportunities to grow? If so, we have the position for you!

DFSR is Microsoft’s premier file replication engine and is an integral part of our branch office strategy and File Server role. It can scale to thousands of servers and replicate hundreds of terabytes of data. We have shipped the technology that powers file sharing in Windows Live Messenger, Windows Meeting Spaces (Vista) and Branch Office replication in Windows Server 2008 which has strong customer deployment. DFSR technology saves MS-IT and our customers more than 80% WAN bandwidth by using advanced On-The-Wire differential compression.

For the upcoming version of Windows, new critical features are being worked on including cluster support and support for one way replication. The core engine is also being reworked to provide dramatic performance improvements. We will also soon be starting major improvements for Windows 8 where we will be including innovative features which will revolutionize file access in branch offices.

We are looking for a strong lead who has the right blend of technical passion, leadership skills and testing experience. From a technical standpoint, we are looking for a candidate having an understanding of and a passion for large scale distributed systems. From a leadership point of view, you will need to be able to build the vision for the team, work with your development and PM counterparts on engineering excellence and effectively drive the quality of the component. In terms of testing experience, the ability to define and deliver test solutions affecting all release criteria (functionality, scalability, performance, stress, longhaul, security, etc.) is a must.

This is a great opportunity to work in a fun and fast paced group where we value innovation, creativity, technical excellence and career growth in the test discipline.

Our ideal candidate would have completed at least one product cycles or have a related industry experience. Experience in managing projects and teams is required. Excellent knowledge of testing techniques and methodologies, good communication skills, and a proven track record of growing people are a must. A MS or BS in Computer Science with 5+ years of technical experience is required. Experience in kernel mode device drivers development and distributed systems is a plus.