updated 3/16/2011 8:46:17 AM ET 2011-03-16T12:46:17

BELLEVUE, Wash., March 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Likewise, an expert in helping organizations manage identity, security, and storage in cross-platform IT environments, announced today an iPad giveaway to the 100,000th user of Likewise Open.

Likewise Open is the market-leading tool for joining desktops and servers running Linux, Unix and Mac OS X to an organization's existing Active Directory, and as of today more than 95,000 organizations worldwide are using it. Likewise Open is completely free, and both free and paid support options are available.

"It’s rare when a product - especially one built specifically for the enterprise - can reach this kind of milestone," said Ken Cheney, vice president of marketing at Likewise. "Likewise Open provides organizations with a high-value way to authenticate Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X with centralized directory services. Likewise Open is used in the production environments of some of the largest companies in the world such as United Airlines and NBCUniversal, and frequently leads to the adoption of Likewise Enterprise, the most comprehensive solution available today for authentication, group policy, compliance and reporting, and exception-based management of cross-platform environments."

The Likewise Open project was launched in December 2007, and it quickly became the tool of choice for many IT administrators looking for an alternative to both paid and open source options available at that time. It has maintained a consistent upward trajectory in the market, and the company expects the 100,000th user sometime next week.

Key features of Likewise Open include:

  • Joins Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X systems to Active Directory in a single step via a GUI tool or from the command line
  • Authenticates users with a single username and password on Windows and non-Windows systems
  • Enforces password polices across Windows and non-Windows systems
  • Caches credentials so if you lose network access or the domain controller is down, you keep working
  • Provides single sign-on for binaries such as Samba, SSH and PuTTY
  • No Active Directory schema changes are required

Likewise Open can be downloaded for free from the company’s website at http://www.likewise.com/download .

The company also offers Likewise Enterprise, which builds on the authentication engine of Likewise Open, making it easy for IT managers to authenticate users, control access to applications and data, centrally manage settings with group policies, and create reports for regulatory audits. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.likewise.com .

About Likewise

Likewise makes integrated identity, security, and storage software for the enterprise, educational institutions, and government. Likewise solutions enable organizations to provide both access to and control of their assets across multiple platforms, from anywhere on the network. More than 95,000 organizations rely on Likewise technology, including Cisco, GE, United Airlines, VMware, HP, NASA, Johns Hopkins and the Federal Reserve. More information is available at the company’s website, www.likewise.com .


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