Macs Play Well with Others: Macworld Attracts Enterprise Connectivity
On the floor of the Macworld Expo, connectivity vendors showcase products that boost the Mac's place on Windows- and Unix-based network systems, including cluster support for Macs, better authentication and new mail server software.SAN FRANCISCOAt the Macworld conference Thursday, enterprise connectivity vendors announced products that add Mac support to Windows- and Unix-based network systems. Several companies, including GroupLogic, announced cluster support for Macs. Group Logics ExtremeZ-IP 4.0 is an Apple File Protocol server that allows Mac clients to access the same shares as Windows clients. The new version will sport an "instant online" feature that enables a server to reboot without indexing. In a cluster, this will allow a client to continue a file copy right through a "fail over," in which one server in the cluster takes over from another.
ExtremeZ-IP 4.0 will accomplish this by eliminating a previous requirement to index a volume at server startup. There is also no index held in RAM, which also allows the server to host an unlimited number of files regardless of the size of server RAM.