For Immediate Release
GroupLogic Introduces ExtremeZ-IP 6.0 with Native Microsoft DFS Support for Macs
ExtremeZ-IP 6.0 Also Supports Apple’s Innovative Network Spotlight Content Searching for Macs on Windows Severs
April 14, 2009 (Arlington, VA) – GroupLogic, the leading provider of Mac/Windows connectivity solutions today introduced native Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) support for Macs with the release of ExtremeZ-IP 6.0. The latest version also delivers support for Network Spotlight, the full content search function for Mac users. Together, these important new features give organizations the ability to provide both Mac and Windows users with the same level of network compatibility, file and print sharing capabilities in Windows-based infrastructures.
As companies with Macs look to deploy DFS in order to improve the manageability, reliability, and performance of their file server infrastructure, ExtremeZ-IP’s support for DFS is critical to providing “compatibility without compromise”. ExtremeZ-IP 6.0 provides full virtual DFS Namespace access to Mac clients in a seamless and intuitive manner on Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 and supports full DFS replication and site costing. ExtremeZ-IP is the only solution on the market that allows customers to maintain the Mac’s native AFP file sharing protocol in a DFS environment.
Microsoft DFS delivers improved performance and flexibility for administrators and convenience for end-users, but, without a viable solution to support the growing enterprise Mac population, many heterogeneous organizations have been slow to implement this technology. As the only server-side software to support Microsoft DFS for Macs, ExtremeZ-IP provides organizations with a simple, cost-effective approach to ensure that all users benefit from DFS technology.
“ExtremeZ-IP 6.0 continues GroupLogic’s investment in the integration of Mac and Windows innovations,” said Derick Naef, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for GroupLogic. “Organizations uncertain about DFS deployments due to Mac support issues, and those looking for better search capabilities for their end-users, can rely on ExtremeZ-IP to fully meet their needs. With Mac users found in nearly every business environment today, ExtremeZ-IP continues to be an essential go-to software that delivers compatibility without compromise.”
ExtremeZ-IP 6.0 also features new support for Apple’s innovative Network Spotlight full content searching feature that was introduced in Mac OS X 10.5. Mac users connected to an ExtremeZ-IP file server can type a phrase and immediately get back a list of all the files on the server that contain that phrase. This allows users to find the files they need without looking through hundreds or thousands of files and folders.
“Organizations are increasingly finding a requirement to accommodate Macs in their Window IT infrastructures,” said Michael Silver, Gartner Research VP and Analyst. “Mac users will continue to demand parity with Windows users for additional capabilities like DFS and enterprise search.”
ExtremeZ-IP is used by thousands of customers worldwide who depend on it for reliable file sharing between their Mac desktops and Windows servers. It delivers no-compromise access, providing complete platform and application compatibility. ExtremeZ-IP 6.0 is available immediately and is a free update to all licensed ExtremeZ-IP 5 users that have an active support contract. For details on all of the new features, information on upgrading or purchasing ExtremeZ-IP, or to download a free trial version, please visit GroupLogic’s Web site at www.grouplogic.com. Upgrades can also be purchased by contacting GroupLogic directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +1.703.528.1555 or 800.476.8781.
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Leah Gabriel Nurik
Gabriel Marketing Group
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 Macs and iPads, 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 - 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.