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Avantis CDserve+
CD-ROM Server.


CDserve+ - The Ultimate CD-ROM Server
In today's information society, CD-ROM has become the distribution media of choice, particularly for multimedia publications.  So that the people in your organisation can access this CD-ROM information, you need a local server that has been designed, from the ground up, to cope with the demanding nature of multimedia delivery.

To achieve this Avantis has developed an inspired "Server Appliance" solution called CDserve+.  Cdserve+ servers provide access to CD-ROM and DVD information by using images of CDs stored on fast hard disk drives.  This approach, pioneered by Avantis, provides superb levels of performance, concurrency and reliability, allowing many users to access the CDs simultaneously.

Avantis servers attach directly to the network and operate independently of other network servers.  Unlike optical CD-ROM drives, Towers and Jukeboxes, the technology does not suffer from capacity limitations and mechanical or optical failures.

Uniquely, Avantis Multimedia Network Server solutions support ALL formats of CD-ROM including CD-ROM, Audio-CD, Video and even CDs that cannot normally be networked or copied.

The Avantis client software creates virtual CD-ROM drives which present the user with additional local CD-ROM drives in 'My Computer'.   The 'CDserve Explorer' software allows the user to 'drag and drop' CD-ROM titles to the virtual CD-ROM drives, just like popping a CD into a drive.

CDserve+More about the CDserve+
The Avantis CDserve+ is a compact unit which may be situated almost anywhere and connects directly to network cabling in the same way as a workstation. Once installed you can load or delete CDs and manage the Avantis CDserve+ remotely via the network.

CD-ROMs are loaded to the CDserve via the network from a CD-ROM drive in a network workstation using the CDserve Administrator program.  Once loaded to the Avantis CDserve+, the original CD-ROMs are no longer needed and can be stored away for safe keeping. As there is no other way of writing to CDserve, immunity from corruption or viruses is assured.  CDserve+ supports multiple CD-ROM formats and is free of the CD incompatibility problems which plague most other solutions to CD-ROM networking.

Client software is supplied for DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, NT 3.51 and NT 4.  Both TCP/IP and IPX network protocols are supported, allowing integration in almost any network infrastructure. Avantis CDserve+ servers can co-exist with NetWare, Microsoft or any other type of network servers.

The Avantis CDserve+ is a complete solution to networking CD-ROM information and providing multimedia on demand, which you can add to your network quickly without the need to change your existing equipment or procedures.  All of your network workstations will gain access to all your CD-ROMs concurrently.

Avantis CDserve+ Features
I'm a blue square. Small business / Workgroup / Classroom server.
I'm a blue square. IDE hard drives.
I'm a blue square. Ethernet 10/100.
I'm a blue square. Up to 255 concurrent users.
I'm a blue square. Stores up to 100 CDs.
I'm a blue square. Small Mini Tower case.
I'm a blue square. DVD Support upgrade option.
I'm a blue square. High performance multimedia server.
I'm a blue square. Multimedia Virtual DriveTM technology.
I'm a blue square. Expandable storage capacity.
I'm a blue square. 100% CD and DVD compatible.

Avantis CDserve+ Product Range


Capacity (Gb)

Capacity (Min CDs)
Based on full capacity 650Mb CD

Typical Capacity CDs

CDS7 4.3 7 10
CDS14 8.4 14 20
CDS21 13.6 21 30
CDS28 18 28 40
CDS40 26 40 55
CDS75 49 75 100

Key features in more detail.
I'm a blue square. 100% CD and DVD Compatible
Uniquely in the industry, Avantis CDserve+ supports ALL CD formats e.g. File and Directory CD-ROMs. Audio, Video, CDi.  DVD software upgrade is also available for all DVD formats.
I'm a blue square. Concurrency & Fast Access
Multiple users can access one or more CDs simultaneously.
I'm a blue square. High Performance
Hard disk technology is used provide fast access and fast transfer rates, far superior to optical servers.
I'm a blue square. Virtual CD-ROM Drives
CD-ROMs are accessed and used from the workstation just like CD-ROM drives, but with the advantage that each workstation can have multiple virtual CD-ROM drives.
I'm a blue square. Central Administration
CDs are managed remotely from any workstation using the administrator version of the 'CDserve Explorer' application (can be password protected).
I'm a blue square. CD License Monitoring and Restriction
The administrator tolls offer full CD metering for usage reporting and license control.
I'm a blue square. Direct Network Attach
CDserve+ servers connect directly to the network and operate independently of other network servers. You can access your CDserve+ even when the other network servers are down.
I'm a blue square. High Reliability
By dispensing with the mechanical and optical technology used in conventional CD-ROM drives, Towers and Jukeboxes, failure rates are dramatically reduced.
I'm a blue square. High Capacity
Each CDserve+ product offers a guaranteed minimum capacity (GMC) but can typically store many more CDs.  The CDserve+ product range has GMCs from 7 to 75 CDs.   If you require higher capacities, ask about the Nexus product range.
I'm a blue square. Multimedia
Avantis CD-ROM Servers are the ONLY solution on the market that have been designed, from the ground up, to cope with the demanding nature of sharing multimedia CD-ROMs and DVDs.

prices and specifications may change without notice.  E. & O. E.

Avantis CDserve Avantis
Nexus 2000
OpenCD Range
OpenCD Enterprise
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