Group Logic Partners with Symantec to Enable Mac File System Archiving

October 6, 2009 in Software (E)

[] Arlington, VA - Group Logic announced today a partnership with Symantec to market a joint solution for file system archiving (FSA) for Mac-based organizations. The solution is based on Symantec's market leading Enterprise Vault software and Group Logic's newly released ArchiveConnect software. Prior to availability of this joint offering, customers with significant Mac populations were blocked from deploying FSA software, despite its potential to alleviate major storage management challenges. Now, with the combined solution, Mac-based enterprises and departments can take full advantage of file system archiving to reduce storage costs by up to 60 percent and increase both IT and user productivity.

Until now, customers utilizing the Macintosh have been challenged when attempting to deploy file system archiving. In particular, key features of Mac OS X desktops - icon previews, CoverFlow and QuickLook - disrupt FSA solutions by inadvertently issuing mass recalls of archived offline files. These mass recalls not only lock up user desktops and cut productivity, but also overload the archiving infrastructure and prevent it from serving other users.

Group Logic's ArchiveConnect Mac client software resolves mass recall issues by properly managing the interface between the Finder and network volumes containing offline files. ArchiveConnect also offers value-added features including a contextual menu for bringing files and folders on-line. When combined with Symantec Enterprise Vault, ArchiveConnect offers customers an excellent FSA solution for Mac-based organizations.

Over its more than ten years in the business, Group Logic has developed deep expertise in integration of the Mac with enterprise infrastructure, as well as a base of more than 4,000 customers utilizing its cross platform solutions, including its ExtremeZ-IP file and print server. Group Logic's expertise made it the logical partner for Symantec in its effort to bring the benefits of its market leading FSA solution to the Mac market.

"We are very pleased to open up the world of file archiving to Mac users through our partnership with Group Logic," said Simon Jelley, Senior Director of Product Management in the Information Management Group of Symantec. "The combination of Enterprise Vault File System Archiving and ArchiveConnect provide a solution to what was previously impossible for any archiving vendor to offer."

With across-the-board increases in file sizes due to increasingly digital business processes, 60 megapixel cameras, High Definition video, use of 3D and more, storage challenges have never been bigger for organizations. For traditionally Mac-based organizations, including firms in media and entertainment, advertising and publishing, this is particularly true. But it is also true within the large enterprises increasingly adopting Mac systems. With the availability of the Enterprise Vault / ArchiveConnect solution, these customers now have a powerful tool to manage rapid storage growth and keep costs under control.

Group Logic is the leading provider of network software solutions that enable customers to increase productivity and leverage existing infrastructure investments through enterprise file transfer and Mac/Windows connectivity solutions. With nearly 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. Group Logic is a founding member of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance (EDA), an industry group focused on making it easy to deploy, integrate and manage Macs in a Windows environment.