The Challenges of a Mixed Mac-Windows Environment
If your organization is one of the estimated 80% of enterprises which have Mac users in need of accessing files and documents in a mixed Mac-Windows environment, you know firsthand that Windows and Macs communicate with one another differently. When Mac users try to access Windows file and print servers they typically experience performance, data integrity, search slowness and many other issues, and your business is impacted in many ways:
- Cripplingly-slow, filename-only search of file shares
- Mac users struggling with file corruption, file permissions, application incompatibilities, files disappearing, locked files, file naming issues and disconnected sessions
- Mac users experiencing issues with the same access to file and print resources as PC users
- Reliability issues mounting and accessing shares from servers and NAS within the enterprise
- High levels of help desk calls because of the above
What is Acronis Access Connect (formerly ExtremeZ-IP)?
Acronis Access Connect (formerly ExtremeZ-IP) is the best file and print sharing solution for integrating Macs into the Enterprise because it eliminates SMB protocol issues, performance and compatibility problems once and for all. Leveraging over 15 years of engineering, Acronis Access Connect is the only solution that presents the full Mac experience users demand while maintaining compatibility with Windows infrastructure required by IT.
At its core, Acronis Access Connect is an Apple File Protocol (AFP) file sharing service that runs on your Windows server. It lets Macs connect to file shares and NAS via AFP instead of the Server Messaging Block (SMB) protocol.
What’s New in Access Connect 10?
Acronis Access Connect expands beyond Macs to provide fast, seamless file access for mobile devices, including those for iOS, Android, and Windows phones and tablets. The Access mobile clients provide rich file browsing, full content searching, file previewing and editing, as well as automatic synchronization for working offline.