Washington School District Centralizes Print Services with ExtremeZ-IP Print Server 4.0
Press release from the issuing company
September 27, 2005 (Arlington, VA) – Group Logic, developer of best-selling network workflow software products, announced today that Bethel School District in Spanaway, Washington, has leveraged Group Logic's award-winning ExtremeZ-IP Print Server 4.0 to centralize its multi-platform print services across 35 sites within its enterprise, which is two-thirds Macintosh and one-third Windows desktops. The implementation of this product has centralized the district's print services function and has provided an effective way for JB Fitzpatrick, Bethel School District 's Director of IT, to administer, manage and account for printing across the district. "With ExtremeZ-IP, we now have a single point of management for print services," explains Fitzpatrick. "It has lowered our management of print services to its simplest form. The product has given me the confidence that we can deliver excellent print services across the entire enterprise – without question."
Fully compatible with the latest platform from Apple, ExtremeZ-IP Print Server allows Mac and Windows clients to print via TCP /IP to printers and other devices managed by Windows servers. The product supports Apple Remote Desktop, which allows automated distribution and installation of the ExtremeZ-IP Print Server Mac OS X client to the entire enterprise. The new ExtremeZ-IP Print Server v4.0 runs on a multi-node cluster to provide improved up time and redundancy. In addition, it simplifies maintenance and administration through a multiple print queue management capability that permits administrators to manage several print queues at one time and change the order of jobs within the queues by modifying the order in which print jobs are processed. Additional features include detailed logging of print jobs, Bonjour support and a one-click printer configuration that allows for simple print queue discovery, and automatic PostScript Printer Driver ( PPD ) downloading.
Implementing ExtremeZ-IP Print Server has already had a positive effect on operations and IT maintenance within the district. "We use the details that the logging gives us to begin an accounting process. These details allow us to know what's going on at each of the 35 locations," explains Fitzpatrick. "Administrators know what is happening and can effectively manage their printing budget – because they know who is printing how much to each printer. We are tracking usage like we've never been able to do before."
ExtremeZ-IP is used by thousands of customers worldwide who depend on it to deliver reliable integration between their Mac desktops and Windows servers. ExtremeZ-IP Print Server 4.0 provides compatibility with Mac OS 9, seamless integration with the Mac OS X printing architecture as well as compatibility across all modern Windows operating systems. This compatibility allows users who operate Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X desktops and Windows print servers to completely remove AppleTalk from their network. Both Windows and Mac clients spool PostScript print jobs using the TCP /IP protocol to printers and other devices managed by Windows 2003/2000/XP print servers. Print jobs are then delivered to printers and PostScript processing applications. With ExtremeZ-IP Print Server, Windows and Mac users benefit from speed and efficiencies of TCP /IP, while gaining support of the latest Apple technologies through their Windows print server.
"Group Logic helped us to understand the product better to deliver the results we were looking for. It was a true partnership," continues Fitzpatrick. "Until we had this product, we didn't feel confident that our system was responsive and reliable enough to make this work. Now people are more effective at their jobs and we're more effective at providing customer service to those who are printing."
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