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Leading Integrator of Mixed Networks Sets Sights on Cross-Platform File Sharing

Likewise Launches Beta Software for Sharing Files among Linux, Windows and Mac

BELLEVUE, Wash., July 23, 2009 - Likewise announced today that it will offer open source software to share files among Linux, Mac, and Windows computers by using Server Message Block, the popular networking protocol for file and print services known as SMB and CIFS.

Likewise-CIFS, available in beta today at www.likewiseopen.org and in Likewise Open 5.2 under GPLv2 licensing terms, will be the only commercially supported CIFS/SMB file server available to storage vendors and enterprises. Likewise will also license the software under commercial terms that allow an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), to embed the product in its network attached storage software or its network appliance.

With more than 30,000 organizations now using its Likewise Open product, Likewise is the leading provider of open source cross-platform authentication software. The company improves security, interoperability, and operational efficiency by integrating Linux, Unix and Mac systems with Microsoft Active Directory.

"Likewise-CIFS is an important building block of our distributed systems foundation that we are creating across Linux, Unix, Mac, and Windows platforms," said Barry Crist, CEO of Likewise.  "By delivering significant performance advantages as well as providing SMB2 support, Likewise-CIFS offers the highest performance option for technology companies that require a cross-platform file server."

The file server will include support for the SMB2 protocol to provide high-performance access to files across servers and clients running different operating systems, such as Linux and Windows.

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 systems 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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