July 27, 2011 in Networks and FTP (E)
[prMac.com] Arlington, Virginia - On the heels of Apple's release of Mac OS X Lion, GroupLogic, the industry's leading provider of software products that unlock the power of new enterprise platforms, today unveiled ExtremeZ-IP v.7.2, the latest version of the only actively maintained and supported Mac-compliant enterprise file server. Today's release comes complete with support for Mac OS X Lion and will allow organizations to seamlessly use and support multiple versions of Mac OS X. In addition, GroupLogic will now bundle its ShadowConnect at no additional cost, allowing Macs to instantly self-restore previous versions of files and folders from the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy service (VSS).
From the advent of Macintosh computing within Windows-based enterprise environments, fundamental differences in Mac and Windows operating systems have made opening, sharing, saving and printing files in a cross-platform environment difficult, placing undue burden on corporate IT departments to resolve persistent problems for Mac users. With over 20 years of cross-platform enterprise software experience, GroupLogic has been providing software solutions to seamlessly integrate Macs within Windows environments, all without compromising user experience or stringent corporate IT security and operating standards.
As more and more companies offer employees the option of choosing their own devices for work and look to improve employee productivity through collaboration and file sharing, ExtremeZ-IP is more essential than ever to ensuring a seamless experience and effortless IT support for Mac users within the Windows-based enterprise environment.
ExtremeZ-IP Offers Compatibility with Lion and Competitive Differentiation over Apple SMB
For over ten years, GroupLogic's ExtremeZ-IP has been used by thousands of organizations. The latest compatibility with Mac OS X Lion will continue to provide the critical functionality that enterprises require.
Packaged with Apple's new Mac OS version, Apple is providing a new Server Message Block (SMB) client that is still based on the 1.0 version of the SMB protocol. The SMB protocol has never been a viable option for organizations that are dependent on the Mac computing platform due to problems with file name compatibility, file size, file corruption issues, performance degradation, poor end-user experience, and other critical problems within the enterprise. GroupLogic's ExtremeZ-IP is based on the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), which is specifically designed for file sharing between Mac computers. Thousands of organizations around the world depend on GroupLogic's ExtremeZ-IP to integrate their Mac computers to their non-Mac IT infrastructure.
"ExtremeZ-IP's support of the new Mac OS X Lion within days of release continues GroupLogic's tradition of providing world-class, seamless and timely support for the latest Mac operating system, ensuring an un-interrupted workflow for Mac users within the enterprise and the IT departments that support them," says GroupLogic President T. Reid Lewis.
ExtremeZ-IP 7.2 gives Windows-based enterprises the ability to:
* Provide the same file and print access and resources to Mac users as PC users, simplifying management and consolidating servers
* Use multiple versions of Mac OS X, which allows organizations to upgrade their enterprise at their own pace
* Reduce the number of help desk incidents generated by Mac users
* Eliminate file corruption and incompatibility created by Mac users accessing Windows servers
* Seamlessly integrate Macs with Active Directory and Distributed File Systems (DFS)
* Increase productivity with improved user integration, accessibility, and system performance
* Maintain expected Mac features, such as Network Spotlight, full content search, and Time Machine backup
* Ensure Mac clients self-restore previous versions of server-based files, reducing help desk backup restore requests, using Microsoft VSS
* Reduce IT Management time and trouble-shooting for Mac-related issues
* Eliminate AppleTalk from enterprise networks, modernizing infrastructure and lowering maintenance costs
Pricing and Availability:
ExtremeZ-IP 7.2 is available today as a free upgrade to existing customers, and can be purchased by new customers via the GroupLogic web store. GroupLogic also offers a free trial of ExtremeZ-IP for interested IT organizations, and has two pricing options for enterprises, including enterprise subscription licensing (ESL) and perpetual licensing.
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 - 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.