Cherry Creek SD Improves Communication for Mac Users with ExtremeZ-IP
March 31, 2011 in Software
[prMac.com] Arlington, Virginia - GroupLogic(R), the industry's leading provider of software products that unlock the power of new enterprise platforms, and Colorado's Cherry Creek School District today announced that the school district's successful implementation of GroupLogic's ExtremeZ-IP solution is driving exponential improvements in successful communication and collaboration between key stakeholders using Macintosh computers, including teachers, administrators, and students.
As Apple's enterprise traction continues to accelerate - IDC recently reported Apple's 19th consecutive quarter of market share growth - fueled by direct purchases by companies, school districts and other organizations, as well as the consumerization of IT, more and more Windows-based organizations are struggling to integrate Apple products into their IT ecosystem. GroupLogic's ExtremeZ-IP product is designed to easily and quickly integrate Macintosh computers into a Windows Server environment, eliminating the operational roadblocks presented when education and enterprise users can not access files and other essential workflow information in the same seamless manner, if at all, as Windows PC users.
After the Cherry Creek School District went through extensive virtualization and consolidation efforts in 2010, reducing its 140 servers comprised of XServe and Windows 2003 to four Windows 2008 servers, IT staff experienced an onslaught of Mac-focused service requests and network problems from the more than 7,500 district Mac users. IT was overwhelmed and looked to GroupLogic's ExtremeZ-IP product to help them ease management, simplify file access and rapidly deploy.
"The schools were very unhappy - the troubles we were experiencing had a direct negative impact on the classroom and was interrupting instruction," says Cindi Hotzinger, Senior Network Administrator and Server Team Lead at Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. "Now, after the ExtremeZ-IP deployment, the upwards of 1,500 Mac users connected to the network at any given time can access files and content with the same speed and ease as PC users, while our IT staff is freed-up to focus on other priorities. This just wasn't possible on a centralized network before the ExtremeZ-IP deployment."
"The issues experienced by Cherry Creek School District's IT department, students and staff are not only common, they're spreading rapidly across enterprises, campuses and networks of all shapes and sizes as trends such as Apple in the Enterprise and the Consumerization of IT continue to take hold," says GroupLogic Vice President of Product Management Anders Lofgren. "Our products were created in anticipation of these trends and are designed to quickly and permanently establish streamlined integration previously unknown in mixed platform environments - all at an affordable cost and in a rapidly deployable nature."
Cherry Creek School District currently serves 51,000 students in its 60 schools, and is staffed by 8,000 teachers, administrators, and support personnel.
GroupLogic(R) 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 - 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. Copyright (C) 2011 GroupLogic. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
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