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Group Logic Expands ExtremeZ-IP Product and Service Offerings as Organizations Rush to Empower Mac UsersExtends Microsoft Distributed File System Support With New DFSConnect Option; Offers Migration Services for Apple Xserve Customers (November 16, 2010)
ARLINGTON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/16/10 -- Group Logic (GLI), a leading provider of digital content-driven solutions for collaboration in the enterprise and the cloud, announced today new enhancements to its ExtremeZ-IP family of products and services. The latest release of ExtremeZ-IP, version 7.1, delivers expanded support for Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS). In this latest release, Group Logic unveiled a new option for ExtremeZ-IP, called DFSConnect, that provides DFS file share support for organizations with Mac clients on Mac OS X 10.4 or later. In addition, Group Logic announced a new suite of low-cost migration services for Apple Xserve customers looking to migrate to a Windows server environment in response to Apple's end of life announcement.
Microsoft DFS is widely used today and allows an organization to provide a single point of access to multiple file server resources. Until recently, Mac users were unable to access DFS file shares because of inherent deficiencies within SMB (Server Message Block) -- a widely used communication protocol used to interface Mac OS X based devices with Windows file servers. ExtremeZ-IP solves this and other SMB deficiencies by providing the technology necessary to allow Mac users to access Windows DFS Namespaces. With this latest release of ExtremeZ-IP 7.1, Group Logic now offers a low-cost DFSConnect add-on that allows ExtremeZ-IP users with as few as 10 Mac clients to add DFS access capability.
"When we recently migrated to a Windows 2008 environment we learned that Windows no longer supported Services for Mac, which left our Mac users unable to access Windows based DFS file shares," said Jeff Beith, Business Analyst for Iovate Health Sciences. "With ExtremeZ-IP we were able to not only support our existing Mac users, but after deploying ExtremeZ-IP, most of our users reported better performance and reliability as well."
In addition, Group Logic announced a new suite of service offerings designed to smooth the migration from an Apple Xserve environment to a Windows file server.
"This is an important announcement for any company looking to integrate Mac OS X users into a Windows file server environment," said Chris Broderick, CEO of Group Logic. "Apple's recent end of life announcement provides a perfect case in point because soon, Xserve users must plan their migration to another platform. And should those plans include migration to a Windows server environment, Group Logic now offers a suite of services designed especially to smooth the transition from Xserve to Windows."
The process begins with a no-cost briefing to understand the customers' current and target file server environment. From there, customers can opt for one or more of Group Logic's low-cost service offerings targeted at system and file migration, security, and administration.
"A significant number of our own customer base tell us that they will be migrating their Xserve systems over to Windows in light of Apple's recent announcement," said T. Reid Lewis, President of Group Logic. "Our goal is to partner with these companies throughout their migration to ensure the process is both smooth and error-free. Group Logic is in the perfect position to assist our customers with this transition. Having delivered solutions for the Mac for over fifteen years, we have the subject matter expertise necessary to best understand our customers' migration needs."
About Group Logic
Group Logic, Inc. (GLI) is a leading provider of digital content-driven collaboration solutions for the enterprise and the cloud. With over 20 years of unmatched experience, Group Logic's emphasis on customer success is the very core of its business. More than 4,500 customers trust Group Logic every day to access, share, and extend their digital content investments around the world. For more information, visit Group Logic on the Web at www.grouplogic.com or call 800.476.8781 / +1.703.528.1555.
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