ExtremeZ-IP from Group Logic Ends Mac OS X - Windows Blind Spot
Press release from the issuing company
Arlington, VA - July 13, 2001 - Group Logic, a leading vendor of network workflow software, announced today its ExtremeZ-IP product uniquely allows users of Apple's new Mac OS X to continue to use Windows NT and 2000 file servers easily.
Mac users are accustomed to using the Chooser to locate servers quickly and simply via the AppleTalk network protocol, but in OS X the Chooser is replaced by the Connect to Servers function, which uses TCP/IP only. As a result of this change, users of the new operating system find it difficult and even impossible to locate and connect to servers based on Microsoft's Services for Macintosh, a built-in component of the Windows NT and Windows 2000 server operating systems. ExtremeZ-IP, Group Logic's file server product for mixed Macintosh and Windows networks, restores the network connections - and users' productivity.
"When connecting to Windows servers not running ExtremeZ-IP, the OS X "Connect to Server" function fails to deliver the convenience and ease of use that the Chooser has provided for so many years," observed T. Reid Lewis, president of Group Logic. He explained that with Windows NT, OS X users encounter "blind spots" on their networks, because the system can no longer "see" their file servers. With Windows 2000, connecting to the server requires OS X users to discover and enter the device's multi-part numerical network address (e.g., 184.108.40.206). "This is the antithesis of ease of use," Lewis noted. "ExtremeZ-IP solves the OS X connectivity problems of both Windows NT and 2000, restoring the Macintosh user experience.
"For the typical employee trying to use the network, tracking down and correctly entering an IP address is an unreasonable expectation - even more technically adept staff will find it to be time-consuming and error prone," stated Lewis, leading him to predict, "This will be a significant support issue for organizations as they deploy OS X."
Group Logic's ExtremeZ-IP is file and print server software that uses the TCP/IP protocol to increase throughput as much as fivefold between Macintosh clients and Microsoft Windows servers. ExtremeZ-IP enhances native support for Macintosh communications on Windows NT Server and Workstation, as well as Windows 2000 Server and Professional. Users experience dramatic return on investment through increased productivity resulting from superior network performance.
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