Group Logic has introduced native Microsoft Distributed File System
(DFS) support for Macs with the release of ExtremeZ-IP 6.0
The latest version also delivers support for Network Spotlight, the
full content search function for Mac users.
Together, these important new features give organizations the ability
to provide both Mac and Windows users with the same level of network
compatibility, file and print sharing capabilities in Windows-based
infrastructures, says Derick Naef, chief technology officer for Group
Logic. As companies with Macs look to deploy DFS in order to improve
the manageability, reliability, and performance of their file server
infrastructure, ExtremeZ-IP’s support for DFS is critical to
providing “compatibility without compromise,” he adds.
ExtremeZ-IP 6.0 provides full virtual DFS Namespace access to Mac
clients on Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 and supports full DFS replication
and site costing. ExtremeZ-IP is the only solution on the market that
allows customers to maintain the Mac’s native AFP file sharing
protocol in a DFS environment, according to Naef.
ExtremeZ-IP 6.0 also features new support for Apple’s Network
Spotlight full content searching feature that was introduced in Mac
OS X 10.5. Mac users connected to an ExtremeZ-IP file server can type
a phrase and immediately get back a list of all the files on the
server that contain that phrase. This allows users to find the files
they need without looking through 100’s or 1,000’s of files and