For Immediate Release
GroupLogic Updates ExtremeZ-IP for Snow Leopard
Unique Backwards Compatibility Critical for Mac OS X Snow Leopard Migration
Arlington, Virginia, September 15, 2009 - GroupLogic today announced the availability of ExtremeZ-IP 6.0.2, which is certified for use with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. ExtremeZ-IP is used by thousands of customers worldwide who depend on it for reliable file sharing between their Mac desktops and Windows servers. ExtremeZ-IP delivers no-compromise access, providing complete platform and application compatibility. GroupLogic engineers have been working for months with Snow Leopard to fulfill this compatibility promise.
Snow Leopard is coming to your organization, according to Gartner Vice President and Analyst, Michael Silver, in his recent paper Exchange Support in New Mac OS Will Create End User Demand, published 26 August, 2009. Since Snow Leopard “will result in growing end-user demand for IT groups to grant support for the Mac,” Mr. Silver recommends that IT organizations “prepare to handle requests for Mac integration into corporate networks.”
ExtremeZ-IP supports the latest version of Mac OS X’s AFP native file sharing protocol, which does not suffer from the compatibility issues caused by having the Mac “pretend” to be a Windows computer using Microsoft’s SMB file sharing protocol. These compatibility issues are exacerbated when using different versions of Mac OS X in the enterprise. For example, with Mac OS X 10.6, Apple changed how SMB stores important file information. Unfortunately, migrating to this new format means that the Snow Leopard SMB client is not compatible with files created by the earlier Mac OS X versions of the SMB client.
Whether you are using Mac OS 8.6 or Mac OS X 10.6, ExtremeZ-IP provides compatibility without compromise. But there is a lot more to ExtremeZ-IP than just compatibility. ExtremeZ-IP also supports unique Mac features such as Network Spotlight full content searches and Time Machine backups. ExtremeZ-IP also delivers capabilities not available in any other file server solution for Macs, such as Filename Policies and Microsoft DFS support.
Since all new Macs ship with Snow Leopard, ensuring that most organizations’ installed base will include some Snow Leopard, adding ExtremeZ-IP to Windows servers is crucial to preserve data integrity and preventing potentially expensive file corruption.
“Our customers need a solution that guarantees file integrity with a wide range of Mac OS versions,” notes T. Reid Lewis, CEO of GroupLogic. “ExtremeZ-IP continues to be the proven standard for Mac/Windows compatibility without compromise, ensuring that no Mac user is left behind.”
ExtremeZ-IP 6.0.2 is free for customers with active support contracts using version 5.0 or later.
To learn more about ExtremeZ-IP and the other GroupLogic products, visit www.grouplogic.com.
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.