Troy City Schools Speed File Access, Simplify Support
Press release from the issuing company
ExtremeZ-IP Improves Mixed Windows and Macintosh Networking
Arlington, VA - May 15, 2002 - Group Logic, developer of best-selling network workflow software products, announced the Enlarged City School District of Troy, New York uses ExtremeZ-IP to speed file access and simplify support tasks across the district's network. ExtremeZ-IP is a specialized file and print services system that uses the TCP/IP protocol to dramatically increase throughput between Macintosh clients and a Microsoft Windows NT or Windows 2000 server.
"We started out using Services for Macintosh," reported Dan Shyne, computer network manager for Troy Schools. "But we had problems with servers maxing out RAM and clients dropping off the network, which is why we moved to ExtremeZ-IP," Shyne explained. Services for Macintosh (SFM) is a Windows server facility that supports file and print services for Macintosh network clients. In addition to eliminating the memory and connectivity problems, Shyne discovered that "The speed with which clients can access files has increased, substantially on Windows NT, and the improvement in ease of use on both platforms is huge."
That improvement in ease of use is an important factor for the school district, where most users are students, or teachers accessing grade book programs and a variety of documents. ExtremeZ-IP supports a total of about 1,600 individuals at the district, fairly evenly divided between two servers. ExtremeZ-IP enables the district to centralize storage of those resources on only a few servers. That helps Shyne in his efforts to support the network. He says, "It's much easier to walk over to the server room rather than drive to schools to fix a problem."
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