Apple's traction in the enterprise is accelerating rapidly - the growth of Macs is far outpacing that of Windows PCs. Not only in its traditional markets, such as advertising, publishing, media AND entertainment, and education, but also across other industries as well, like financial services, manufacturing, and pharma, for example. In a large number of enterprises the Macintosh is being deployed to employees, driven by the computerization of IT and brings your own device (BYOD) trends. The Mac is becoming a staple of the enterprise IT ecosystem and, as a result, access to enterprise file and print resources is now essential.
Mac computers offer a rich user experience that helps improves employee productivity and efficiency. And with GroupLogic's ExtremeZ-IP, IT administrators can easily manage Mac users within their Enterprise server and storage environments. This drives higher productivity and efficiency for Mac users by opening up the enterprise to these users in a seamless and transparent way, while making life easier for IT administrators.
With a simple server install and configuration process, ExtremeZ-IP empowers enterprise IT to seamlessly integrate Macintosh computers into existing Windows infrastructure, allowing Mac users to have the same access to Windows file and print servers as PC users and without the IT headache of overwhelming help desk calls and inaccessible and corrupted files. In addition, with the ExtremeZ-IP, IT can now make files available that reside on NAS devices. This greatly extends the productivity of the Mac user and the IT organization by increasing access to greater numbers of storage devices within the enterprise. And all still controlled by Active Directory.
GroupLogic is proud to introduce ExtremeZ-IP, which will move enterprises with Macs into a new era. With ExtremeZ-IP, enterprises can now enable Mac users to access files on NAS storage systems, such as those from NetApp or EMC Isilon.
This greatly extends the flexibility of both the Mac user and the IT organization by opening up access to virtually any file server or NAS storage device within the enterprise. And access is still controlled through Active Directory.
Traditionally, ExtremeZ-IP has been able to share files that reside directly on the server ExtremeZ-IP is installed on, as well as on any storage that is directly attached to that server. Network Reshare allows an ExtremeZ-IP server to make files available that reside on other Windows servers or NAS devices that support the standard Windows file sharing (SMB/CIFS) protocol. This capability allows a customer to deploy one ExtremeZ-IP server that can provide AFP access files on other Windows servers and NAS devices.
Full support for the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)
Designed for the Macintosh, AFP is the recommended file sharing protocol for Mac devices and has been enhanced with each release of Mac OS X. ExtremeZ-IP remains the only Windows server to be fully compatible with the Mac OS X AFP protocol.
Integrates with Active Directory
Simplifies server administration by allowing Mac clients to be authenticated directly against Active Directory on logon. ExtremeZ-IP enforces the Windows file permissions configured on your file server for all Mac clients - you get exactly what you intended. File permissions can be set directly using standard Windows administrator tools.
File name policy enforcement
ExtremeZ-IP gives administrators the flexibility to define and enforce file naming policies on their server. Policy enforcement keeps files that break naming policies out of important workflows, delivers improved compatibility between Mac, Windows and other platforms without Administrator intervention, and results in better utilization of disk space by keeping files off the server that don't belong there.
No client software is required
ExtremeZ-IP's core file server functionality leverages the AppleShare client built into every Mac.
Supports the "reconnect" facilities of the AFP protocol, which allows a Mac that loses connectivity to the server to seamlessly re-establish connectivity, authentication, and all of its open files without data loss. ExtremeZ-IP is the only AFP server besides Apple's XServe that supports this technology.
Supports Microsoft clustering
Provides increased availability, scalability, and support for server consolidation efforts. ExtremeZ-IP supports fast failover with no indexing at startup, as well as multi-node clustering configurations. Multiple virtual servers can be supported per cluster node, with each virtual server running in its own memory space to provide for better stability and scalability.
Eliminates the need to index volumes at startup, providing higher availability and significantly reduced downtime in case of server restarts. Other solutions require hours to index in some situations.
Force PPD download
Reduces print errors due to incorrectly installed PPDs and improves ease of use for users by automatically downloading and installing the correct PPD and hiding all options from the end user. Administrators can specify which PPD is used for each print queue.
Built in accountingProduct Highlights
Increase your control over enterprise-wide printing with ExtremeZ-IP Print Accounting, print-tracking software. ExtremeZ-IP Print Accounting is compatible with most software packages on Mac OS X, supports printing via TCP/IP or AppleTalk protocol, and works with any print spooler or printer.
- Empower and enable Mac users to access files on Windows servers and NAS storage
- Reduce administrative costs as the same administrator can now support both Windows and Mac environments
- Reduce hardware costs as the need for Mac servers to support Mac users is eliminated
- Reduce help desk calls by as much as 40%
- Reduce downtime in case of server restarts
- Save space and reduce backup time with filename policies that keep improper files off servers
- Deliver enterprise-class IT services, such as Distributed File System (DFS), Active Directory and network-based home directories to Mac users
- Utilize Kerberos for single-sign on capability to all Windows-based systems
- Enable Mac users to self-restore files with Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) previous versions support
- Leverage Windows file servers as the target drives for Mac's Time Machine desktop backups with simple, fully Mac-compatible file servers access
- Find files fast - and even leverage Mac's built-in Network Spotlight to help find files even faster
- Maintain the integrity of the Mac experience