For Immediate Release
Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School Selects GroupLogic’s ExtremeZ-IP®
Software to Improve Mac User Experience for K-12 Students and Staff
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA and NEW YORK, NY— May 21, 2012 - GroupLogic®, the industry’s leading provider of software products that unlock the power of new enterprise platforms, and the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School today announced the K-12 school’s successful installation of GroupLogic’s ExtremeZ-IP solution to dramatically reduce server crashes and increase connection speeds to the school’s just-implemented Windows-based network.
Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School selected GroupLogic’s ExtremeZ-IP to solve a problem that was derailing the high importance of technology for students and teachers. The school is the oldest continuously-operating, non-sectarian school in the United States. To better meet the enterprise-level requirements for efficiently maintaining the school’s network, Columbia Prep’s technology department replaced its Apple Xserve® system with Windows-based servers in July 2011. Prior to making the server change and introducing ExtremeZ-IP, students and staff using the school’s 450 Mac desktops and laptops had faced ongoing server crashes; after the change, server crashes dramatically reduced, and performance issues were resolved.
“Previously, we were limited to 50 to 75 concurrent users per server and performance would slow as more users connected to the system,” says Adam Gerson, co-director of technology for Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. “ExtremeZ-IP can handle significantly more users connected to the network at once, with faster connections for each user. It’s not only reliable; it works better for both our Mac and Windows users than our previous system.”
Integrating a Windows-based server into a largely-Mac-based user environment can pose a number of challenges, including problems accessing, sharing, storing, editing and printing files. By allowing Mac users to connect to the network through Apple File Protocol (AFP), which is preferred for a smoother Mac user experience, ExtremeZ-IP effectively circumvents typical Mac-to-Windows problems, and maintains the same seamless, efficient user experience both Mac and Windows users have come to expect.
“GroupLogic has been working with educational institutions and enterprises for over two decades to address the integration issues associated with a Mac and Windows mixed environment,” says Brian Ulmer, product manager at GroupLogic. “ExtremeZ-IP is ideal for integrating Mac users to Windows-based servers without compromising security, simplicity of user experience or IT management. This is thanks in large part to our close work with forward-thinking educational institutions and technologically-savvy enterprises to develop a solution that meets their unique, exact needs.”
To learn more about Columbia Prep's use of ExtremeZ-IP, click here to read the full case study.
Leah Gabriel Nurik
Gabriel Marketing Group
About Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School is one of the oldest institutions in America, with a long and notable tradition of excellence as a college preparatory school. At the same time, it is a very modern school, with beautiful and spacious new buildings, and a curriculum which is comprehensive and appropriate to the needs of children in the 21st century. The school has one of the lowest student/faculty ratios of any school in New York City, less than seven to one, creating an atmosphere of small classes and personal attention to each child's needs.
GroupLogic® helps enterprise and education IT organizations simply and securely integrate diverse computing platforms into enterprise environments, connecting employees to enterprise files, content and assets to facilitate a more productive and efficient work environment. With more than two decades of experience, GroupLogic leads the marketplace in helping IT organizations effectively and easily manage the integration of Apple products into the enterprise ecosystem. Whether IT organizations are looking to integrate existing Apple assets, purchase additional Apple hardware like Mac and iPad, or want to take advantage of the hardware costs savings that accompany the adoption of IT consumerization, GroupLogic enables IT organizations to easily and securely manage the rapid integration of diverse platforms while ensuring resources are optimized. GroupLogic enables the enterprise to focus on what is really important – competitive differentiation, improved employee productivity, mitigated risk and reduced costs. GroupLogic’s proven products—activEcho, mobilEcho, ExtremeZ-IP, ArchiveConnect, and MassTransit—are in use by some of the world’s most innovative companies, including Christie’s, International Greetings and Omnicom Group.