BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Likewise, an expert in helping businesses and educational institutions manage cross-platform IT environments, announced today that Johns Hopkins University will use Likewise Enterprise for Education to integrate its Linux and Mac computers using Microsoft Active Directory.
Johns Hopkins University is a private research university based in Baltimore, Maryland that maintains campuses in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Italy, China and Singapore.
"Although educational institutions use the same technology as enterprises, the policies, procurement procedures and security concerns differ greatly," said Arne Gallagher, director of worldwide education sales at Likewise. "Johns Hopkins has an incredibly complex, diverse and distributed IT infrastructure and our Likewise Enterprise for Education delivers true cross-platform harmony."
The competitive pricing of Likewise Enterprise for Education, along with volume discounts, helped Johns Hopkins achieve cost savings.
Johns Hopkins agreed to a two-year site license that allows the decentralized campus flexibility to use the technology wherever it is needed. The central IT department can enable single sign-on and enforce policies on systems in the network, and will also manage computer labs comprised exclusively of Macs using Apple’s Workgroup Manager application and Likewise Enterprise, which allows Mac-specific system settings to be managed remotely.
"Likewise Enterprise will allow us to manage our vast campus network centrally using Active Directory," said Kyle Reynolds, IT manager at the Institute for Computational Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. "The savings we will achieve by reducing operating costs and eliminating additional hardware required by other solutions adds to the value we’re getting from Likewise. After examining the alternatives available, Likewise Enterprise for Education was the clear choice."
Likewise provides integration and identity management solutions to improve security and operational efficiencies and to help achieve regulatory compliance in mixed networks. Likewise Open lets organizations securely authenticate Linux, Unix and Mac users with Microsoft Active Directory. Likewise Enterprise includes all the core authentication technology that comes with Likewise Open, plus world-class migration, group policy, auditing and reporting modules. More information is available at the company’s Web site, .
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