Group Logic released a new version of ExtremeZ-IP, the networking software that connects Macs to Windows-based servers. ExtremeZ-IP 5.0 is aimed at boosting the reliability and scalability of Mac-to-Windows-server file-sharing while simplifying IT support and increasing productivity via improved performance and caching.
The latest version of ExtremeZ-IP supports multiple releases of the Mac OS, from OS 9 up through OS X 10.5, the next major OS X release slated a spring 2007 debut. (Group Logic plans to put out a free upgrade for ExtremeZ-IP 5 users after OS X 10.5’s release to finalize compatibility with Leopard.) According to Group Logic President and CEO T. Reid Lewis, supporting older versions of the Mac operating system appeals to ExtremeZ-IP users that rely on older hardware and software, such as schools and government agencies.
Among the enhancements in this latest version of ExtremeZ-IP are architectural changes, including the implementation of thread pooling. That makes ExtremeZ-IP more efficient at adding users. Whereas version 4 would stop accepting new connections at around 700 users, version 5 raises the ceiling to 1,500 users.
In addition, ExtremeZ-IP 5 adds support for Apple File Protocol reconnect, which allows a Mac that loses server connectivity to re-establish that connection without losing any work. The ExtremeZ-IP update also adds support for Windows-based network and system monitoring tools to verify load, detect problems with file shares and print queues, and diagnose bottlenecks.
ExtremeZ-IP 5 is available immediately; Group Logic also offers a free trial version for download. Contact the company for pricing and upgrade information.