For Immediate Release
GroupLogic Survey Finds Mac Integration a Major Concern for Organizations Implementing Distributed File System Services
73% of Organizations Planning or Currently Implementing DFS have Multiple Mac Users in Their Windows-based Organizations and Have Concerns about Cross-Platform Support
Arlington, VA, March 24, 2009 – IT professionals at organizations across a wide range of industries are concerned about having native Mac support as part of their Distributed File System (DFS) strategy and infrastructure. This is according to the results of a new study announced today by GroupLogic, the leading provider of Mac/Windows connectivity solutions and a founding member of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance, an organization that supports the integration of Macs into Windows-based environments. Respondents cited the importance of multiple aspects of DFS, including file replication and flexibility in reconfiguring the location of file shares between servers.
The study, conducted with eMedia USA, surveyed approximately 300 IT professionals at a wide range of private, public and non-profit organizations. More than a third of all organizations (35%) said they have implementation plans for DFS, or are already underway. Nearly three-quarters of these organizations (73%) have multiple Mac users, and nearly half (48%) are interested in solutions that can help them integrate Mac users into their DFS infrastructures. Without a solution that includes native Mac support for DFS navigation, these organizations must purchase additional products to enable the process.
“The study’s findings confirm the increased interest we have seen in the industry for Mac support for DFS,” said T. Reid Lewis, President and CEO of GroupLogic. “These organizations want cost-effective solutions that will provide them a single, virtualized namespace for access and replication of files between globally dispersed environments.”
Respondents indicated several key issues of importance to their organization’s DFS implementation strategy:
- 71%: Data replication between servers
- 62%: The ability to seamlessly move file shares to a different server
- 57%: High availability through redundant targets
- 56%: The need to spread files sharing load across multiple servers
- 38%: Site costing and reduced WAN Traffic
- 31%: The above benefits for user home directories
GroupLogic currently has a public beta of ExtremeZ-IP with support for DFS available for testing on its web site. Version 6.0 of ExtremeZ-IP, the proven standard and most trusted solution for file and print sharing between Mac desktops and Windows servers, will include support for DFS and is scheduled for release shortly.
“Today’s workplace has dramatically changed with the increased presence of the Mac in environments running Windows,” said Laura DiDio, principal of Information Technology Intelligence Corp. in Boston. “The IT administrator’s job of managing files on the network is ever more challenging across globally distributed environments. Tools that help make access to files seamless and cost-effective are critical to both management and the bottom line.”
Those interested in becoming a beta tester or learning more about ExtremeZ-IP support for DFS should visit http://www.grouplogic.com/ads/dfs_beta/.
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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.