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ExtremeZ-IP Eliminates File Sharing Roadblocks for Marion County Schools

Press release from the issuing company

Arlington, VA - June 27, 2001 - Group Logic, a leading vendor of software to educational institutions and other organizations for more than 13 years, announced today that the public school system of Marion County in central Florida has successfully implemented ExtremeZ-IP, Group Logic's file and print server software product, to give more than 3,000 Macintosh computers access to applications residing on a Windows NT server at the school district's central offices. ExtremeZ-IP is used by all 47 schools in the district, which serves approximately 38,500 students. In addition to allowing students and teachers to interact with instructional software, ExtremeZ-IP enables them to change their passwords securely via the school district's wide area network (WAN). "We are strictly a TCP/IP shop," said Ed Beers, a systems operations specialist and one of two administrators responsible for keeping the school district's WAN running as well as providing LAN support to the individual schools. "Before we deployed ExtremeZ-IP, Macintosh users in our schools could not work with applications on our server," because Services for Macintosh, the Macintosh connectivity tool within Windows NT, does not utilize TCP/IP. A T-1 leased line links each school to the district's central data hub. Beers and his colleagues turned to ExtremeZ-IP to enable students and teachers to complete and grade assignments in a remedial instructional program used throughout the district, as well as curriculum development tools and other widely used applications. "ExtremeZ-IP meets our needs," added Beers. "It's a great product for any Windows NT shop that needs to give Macintosh users the ability to change passwords over the network and allow access to a central database. We have also been happy with Group Logic's customer service. The technical support has been excellent."

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