April 14, 2009 in Mac OSX (E)
[prMac.com] Arlington, VA - Group Logic, 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 Group Logic's investment in the integration of Mac and Windows innovations," said Derick Naef, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Group Logic. "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 100's or 1,000's 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 Group Logic's Web site. Upgrades can also be purchased by contacting Group Logic directly at 1.703.528.1555 or 800.476.8781.
Group Logic offers two complementary product lines:
MassTransit Product Line: Enterprise software solution proven to transform digital file transfers into strategic business processes. MassTransit increases productivity and empowers users to manage all aspects of the file transfer process by simplifying the exchange of digital files, ensuring accountability and providing visibility into the entire process.
ExtremeZ-IP Product Line: ExtremeZ-IP is the proven standard and most trusted solution for file and print sharing between Mac desktops and Windows servers, delivering no-compromise access and providing complete platform and application compatibility. ExtremeZ-IP delivers reliable integration between Mac desktops and Windows servers, creating a single-point of management for enterprise-wide printing.
Group Logic is the leading provider of network software solutions that enable customers to gain strategic value, increase productivity and leverage existing infrastructure investments through enterprise file transfer and Mac/Windows connectivity solutions. Group Logic is a founding member of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance, an organization that supports the integration of Macs into Windows-based environments. With more than 20 years of unmatched experience, Group Logic's emphasis on customer success is the very core of its business. More than 4,000 customers trust Group Logic every day to move and share their files around the world. For more information, visit Group Logic on the Web. Group Logic can also be reached at 800.476.8781 / 1.703.528.1555.