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Likewise Releases Open Source Software for File Sharing Among Linux, Mac, Unix and Windows

Modern architecture focuses on scalability and performance

BELLEVUE, Wash., September 10, 2009 - Likewise announced today that it is releasing a high-performance, Windows-compatible file server, Likewise-CIFS. It is designed for independent software vendors and large organizations that require access to Linux, Unix, and Mac servers from Windows computers.

Likewise-CIFS is available at www.likewiseopen.org and in Likewise Open 5.3 under GPLv2 licensing terms.  Likewise will also license Likewise-CIFS under commercial licensing terms that allow original equipment manufacturers to embed Likewise-CIFS in a variety of network attached storage devices, including network appliances and clustered storage solutions.

Likewise-CIFS supports both the SMB1 and SMB2 versions of the Server Message Block protocol. It is designed to be a high-performance, highly-scalable protocol stack. Its modular and extensible driver architecture lets OEMs, such as storage vendors, extend their systems with a scalable solution for sharing files.

"Likewise-CIFS represents an expansion of our Windows-compatible distributed systems framework that we've built for Linux, Unix, and Mac systems," said Krishna Ganugapati, vice president of engineering at Likewise. "Our customers, especially those with NAS solutions, enthusiastically encouraged us to develop a modern, high-performance Windows-compatible file server that is available with commercial support options. Likewise-CIFS is the realization of this market demand."

Deni Connor, an industry analyst and the founder of Storage Strategies Now, said, "We believe storage technology vendors will be very interested in this multi-platform file server software. It is available with full support and a commercial license, which makes it easy to integrate with their proprietary code."

Next week, Likewise senior software engineer Gerald Carter will be speaking about Likewise-CIFS in a session at the 2009 Storage Developer Conference in Santa Clara. 

About Likewise
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, www.likewise.com.

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Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.