Enterprise 2.0

Maintaining Native Mac File Sharing In An Enterprise Storage Environment

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Executive Summary

This whitepaper explores two important trends in Enterprise Storage: the growing presence of Apple Mac computers that need compatible access to file sharing resources, and the business imperative driving the adoption of consolidated, unified storage infrastructures such as those from EMC and NetApp. Apple's Mac OS X computer platform has seen its market share grow rapidly in Enterprise environments. This has been driven by the popularity of innovative products like the iPhone and the Mac Book Air, as well as Mac OS X's security and its ability to run virtualized instances of Windows applications. As a result, Macs are entering the Enterprise through senior level executives or formal pilot projects.

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