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PennWell Uses ExtremeZ-IP for Migration from Novell to Windows Server 2003

Press release from the issuing company

March 29, 2005 (Arlington, VA) – Group Logic, developer of best-selling network workflow software products, announced today that PennWell Corporation, a highly diversified, business-to-business media company servicing strategic global markets, selected Group Logic's award-winning ExtremeZ-IP product to meet the high-performance demands of its Macintosh users. Timed with the company's migration from Novell to Windows Server 2003, the installation of ExtremeZ-IP provides an effective solution for increased stability while meeting the high-volume traffic and access demands on media files. "The built in Mac file sharing from Microsoft was not robust enough to handle the amount of traffic and throughput for our users," notes Tim Ryter, Senior Network Engineer at PennWell Corporation. "We have an extensive file system that uses and shares large numbers of large files," he explains. "With ExtremeZ-IP we were able to effectively support the back-end to meet the demanding needs for performance." ExtremeZ-IP's internal structure and advanced caching strategy gives customers immediate startup, higher availability and radically reduced memory usage compared to other products on the market. Through active-active clustering capabilities, customers have better control of node resources with configuration of multiple virtual servers on the Windows cluster. This translates into better network load balancing, improved uptime, and flexibility in failover options and functionality. "We found ExtremeZ-IP to be very affordable, with a competitive edge on price point," notes Ryter. "We beta tested the newest version and found the clustering feature to be extremely promising. We plan to phase in our upgrade to this newer version this year, adding redundancy at a hardware level that wasn't feasible before." ExtremeZ-IP is used by thousands of customers worldwide who depend on reliable file sharing between their Mac desktops and Windows file servers.  The product is the only solution on the market that fully integrates both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 with Windows 2003/2000 Server versions as well as Windows 2003 Storage Server and Windows XP Professional. The newest version ExtremeZ-IP 4.0 provides stable and compatible Windows-based file and print server platforms for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 users. "We have been very happy with the product's support, ease of administration and use, as well as the product's stability and performance," states Ryter.  "It was one of the easiest software products I've ever installed."