- CD DVD Server Overview
- CD DVD Systems Built to Order
- Technical Note
CD and DVD-ROM Servers for your Network from Kintronics
We have discontinued the CD-ROM Tower/Servers. If you need a CD DVD ROM type server, take a look at PrimeArray Systems. They still manufacture these systems.
They were a great way to share CD-ROM or DVD-ROM discs on the network, but today most information is available either on the Web, Cloud server, or local server. CD and DVD discs for data storage are mostly obsolete.
TurboPlus System has been discontinued. It not only allowed you to share CDs and DVDs, it also provided Network Attached Storage (NAS) RAID storage. It Included hot swap drives, power supplies and fans. This flexible multipurpose system also allowed you to archive data to CD-R or even DVD-R media.
Servers Built to Order
The CD DVD Server is made to your requirements. Just tell us the number of discs you need to share and we will select the right processor and storage. You can also choose a rack or desktop cabinet.
Each of the CD-server systems provide unique functionality to meet your specific requirements. For example you can select a system that contains CD-ROM, DVD-ROM readers, a DVD-Recorder and shareable RAID hard drives. You just specify the configuration, and we will build it. For more help selecting the right CD server take a look at the following server comparison table. We also included jukeboxes attached to a network server for comparison.
The CD DVD Server is very easy to install. If you have DHCP running on your network, the towers will acquire the IP address automatically. If necessary you can set the IP address using the front panel or a software tool. It’s very easy. Once the IP address is set, the towers appear on the network like another server. The ones that are Apple compatible appear in the chooser. All the CDs appear as folders. Everyone on the network can share all the discs at virtually the same time. The tower is administered using a standard web browser.
|Disc Capacity||4 – over 2,000||Number of discs depends on CD or DVD type and the total hard drive capacity.|
|Data transfer rate||up to 40 MB/sec||Single user on 1 GB/sec network|
|Data Access Time||9 msec||Depends on type of hard drives used|
|Disk Caching||Yes||Automatic caching of any disc inserted into optical drive in server.|
|CD-R and DVD-R||Yes||Includes optical drive for writing on recordable media|
|System compatibility||Windows, Unix, Apple||Compatible with many systems|
Technical Note – History of CD and DVD Discs
CD-discs were introduced by Sony and Philips in 1980. The primary purpose of these optical discs was to provide a music delivery system that would replace the vinyl record and audio tape cassette. In 1982 the first music disc was introduced. Billy Joel’s album 52nd Street was the first album released on CD.
Even though the discs were originally designed for music, it was obvious that they could also be used to hold computer information. By 1985 the CD-ROM was introduced, which allowed computer programs, games and even books to be distributed on a low cost media. These CD-discs held about 650 MBytes of read-only computer data.
Philips introduced the first CD-Recorders in the early 1990’s, and that was when Kintronics first started selling them. This Write Once Read Many (WORM) technology allowed data to be written, but not changed. Since the media was very stable, the data was expected to last for over 50 years. This was the first archival type optical media.
DVD-ROM was introduced in 1996 and DVD-R was introduced a couple of years later. This optical disc had much higher density than the CD-ROM disc and increased capacity to 4.7GB. It allowed not only music but full movies to be stored on the disc.
Kintronics originally provided simple CD and DVD-ROM drives with SCSi computer interfaces. Today we provide network attached CD and DVD servers that cache the data discs to an array of hard drives. Since all the data is on the hard drives, there is much faster access time. By the way, these servers do not support audio CDs or standard movie DVD discs.
CD and DVD Servers have been discontinued. The following resources can be used to help you understand the technology. Contact us for help with your system. Our engineers will make sure you get the exact system you need.
Technical and Application Articles
CD / DVD Servers Get Better
This article described the evolution of CD and DVD-ROM systems.
How the CD Server Works
There are some tricks to simulating a CD disc when it’s cached on a hard drive. This article discusses how it’s done.
The Difference Between Jukeboxes and CD Servers This article describes the differences between the jukebox or disc library and a CD DVD Server.
Our blog describes how the technology works, includes educational notes, describes how to do your own calculations, and how to select the right equipment. We also included examples about how the technology is used.
These videos provide an overview of the technology. Take a look at our latest video describing the IP camera system components and setting objectives. More…
CD-Server systems can be complex because they include many different components that have to work together. Kintronics is a resource for engineering and integration of all your security projects. We can design your complete system so don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.
After purchasing your system we make sure that it works exactly the way you expect. You can contact us for help with your installation and any technical support you may need.
We provide technical support and warranty support. Contact us at 1-800-431-1658 or 914-944-3425 whenever you need assistance