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Likewise Cross-Platform Integration Software Hits 100,000 Users
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Thursday the 31st, March 2011 at 11:34 AM (EDT)
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Leading Active Directory bridge software passes milestone thanks to open source community

BELLEVUE, Wash., March 31, 2011 – As of today, Likewise Open has been downloaded by more than 100,000 organizations, making it the most widely used method for joining desktops and servers running Linux, Unix and Mac OS X to an organization's existing Active Directory environment.

Open source and completely free, Likewise Open is used worldwide by organizations large and small to manage identity and security in cross-platform IT environments.

“Likewise Open has been revolutionary both in terms of ease-of-use and enterprise adoption," said Barry Crist, CEO, Likewise. "Likewise Open has proven to be incredibly valuable for providing access in cross-platform environments, including the production environments of some of the largest companies in the world, such as GE, Disney, United Airlines and NBCUniversal.”

The Likewise Open project was launched in December 2007 and quickly became the solution of choice for many IT administrators looking for an alternative to both paid and open source options available at that time.

“Likewise Open has long been a valuable tool in leveraging Active Directory to manage the many mixed-OS environments of today's enterprise,” said Jay Lyman, Senior Analyst at The 451 Group. “The milestone of 100,000 users highlights this, as well as the software's ongoing significance to the organizations that use it, as well as Likewise's OEM customers that license it.”

Likewise Open is the productized version of Likewise Identity Services, which has been licensed by many leading technology companies, including VMware, HP, DataDomain/EMC, and Isilon. It has also been included in the main repository of Ubuntu since its April 2008 release.

Likewise Open can be downloaded for free from the company’s website at

Likewise Enterprise, which builds on the authentication engine of Likewise Open, makes 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

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 100,000 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,

Likewise is a trademark of Likewise Software. All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.

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