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Group Logic Ships ExtremeZ-IP 4.0

Major upgrade in file sharing between Windows and Mac OS X (February 15, 2005)

Group Logic, developer of best-selling network workflow software products, today announced the immediate availability of ExtremeZ-IP File Server 4.0, a major upgrade of its Macintosh file connectivity software for Windows servers. The new version of ExtremeZ-IP introduces significant improvements in the product's scalability. ExtremeZ-IP is the first and only Windows-based file server solution to fully support both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9, making it an essential tool for mixed Macintosh and Windows computing environments.


ExtremeZ-IP 4.0 introduces a re-architected internal structure and an advanced caching strategy that give customers:
* Immediate startup
* New active-active clustering capabilities for better control of node resources
* Radically reduced memory
* Configuration of multiple virtual servers on the Windows cluster
* Superior performance under load
* Kerberos, the standard network authentication protocol of Windows 2000/2003 and Active Directory that was adopted by Apple in Mac OS X
* Improved uptime and stability
* Greater flexibility in failover options and functionality

?Every year, ExtremeZ-IP customers are storing more files and connecting more users to fewer servers. Many are installing to clusters to increase uptime, says T. Reid Lewis, President of Group Logic. ?So weve re-architected ExtremeZ-IP 4.0 to support millions of files on massive, multi-node clusters with zero indexing time offering greater control and stability.

?Mac OS X delivers an incredible level of platform interoperability straight out of the box, said Ron Okamoto, Apples vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. ?We are excited that Group Logic continues to develop robust file sharing solutions that build on Apple innovation to support a great user experience within enterprises using both Mac OS X and Windows.

The ExtremeZ-IP 4.0 product line provides stable and compatible Windows-based file and print server platforms for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 users. It is the only Windows-based file server to support the latest version of the Apple File Protocol (AFP) and to be actively enhanced and maintained. The 4.0 upgrade is aligned to support Mac OS 10.3 and will be fully compatible with Mac OS 10.4 ?Tiger when it ships later this year.

As with prior releases, ExtremeZ-IP allows customers to eliminate the legacy AppleTalk protocol from their networks by using standard TCP/IP protocols. ExtremeZ-IP is used by thousands of customers worldwide who depend on reliable file sharing between their Mac desktops and Windows file servers.

The 4.0 release is available immediately from Group Logic. 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 Logics web site at Upgrades can also be purchased by contacting Group Logic directly at or by calling +1.703.528.1555 or 800.476.8781.

About Group Logic
Group Logic, Inc., develops wide area network (WAN) and local area network (LAN) workflow solutions that increase speed and create efficiencies for file transfers, file and print services, and remote proofing procedures. The company's solutions include internationally renowned products, customization and integration services, and in-depth product training to maximize return on investment.

Group Logic offers three complementary product lines:

MassTransit: Automated Mac/Windows file transfer solution that fully integrates with existing workflow procedures to effectively drive, verify and manage high-speed transmission of graphics, multimedia, digital assets and other production files between client and customer locations.

ExtremeZ-IP Product Line: Mac OS X compatible File Server and Stand-Alone Print Server products that use TCP/IP protocol to dramatically improve throughput speed and stability between Macintosh clients and Microsoft Windows 2003/2000/NT servers. Print Accounting Add-On software increases control over enterprise-wide printing, through accounting and job tracking functionality.

Imagexpo: Complete remote soft proofing solution that uses sophisticated annotation and interactive conferencing capabilities to provide faster, more efficient multi-location review and approval of text and graphics prior to production of print media.

Group Logic's products are installed in over 1,000 organizations worldwide, including leading publishers, creative services and packaging operations of major corporations, printing and prepress service providers, advertising and design agencies, government and educational institutions. Approximately 40,000 professionals in the print media and related industries use Group Logic's products.

For more information, visit Group Logic on the World Wide Web at Group Logic can also be reached at 800.476.8781 / 703.528.1555.


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