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Old 9th May, 2002, 04:07 PM
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Need a CD Server recommendation

Company is looking to get a new CD Server. Boss wants SCSI, and I quote "like 20 drives or something". No price range, he did'nt care at the moment. Can anyone recommend any 14, 21, or 28 scsci CD towers? Will be used on NT network and TCP/IP. I really don't know where to begin looking. I would just like to have some model numbers or web links.
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There's a bunch of offerings that'll do what you're asking...

I've often seen an HP CD-ROM server on clients networks - I don't know the model/name as I've never physically seen the device.

Axis do their Storpoint+ series, which contain both an HDD, and CD-ROM drive(s). The Storpoint can store CDs on it's HDD as well as supporting CD-ROM reading and CD-R/RW writing across the network. Their SCSI modules will support a CD-tower with 7 or 14 devices, at the same time as caching on it's HDD.

http://www.axis.com/products/storpoint_cdp/index.htm

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Ok, what is the difference in buying a CD Server with a hard drive cache and just building a regular server and copying cd's the same way?
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Ok, what is the difference in buying a CD Server with a hard drive cache and just building a regular server and copying cd's the same way?

Not that much really. The main difference is that the CD Server with the cache was custom designed to do only that, and hence doesn't have all the rest of the baggage of a server - this tends to make it faster. I believe it also compresses the CD contents when it saves them to disk. It also supports a number of different protocols, including a web interface.b

There's no reason why you can't do that with a regular server, as long as your CDs don't change too often.

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I built a 28cd server tower a year ago- bought everything local- put 32x scsi toshiba drives in it and this funky network adaptor box :-\
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We had a 32 24x CD "tower" (it was a box) at work once, 4 scsi chains I think, a network box, and 4x120mm fans

ridiculously noisy, but fast as feck

it got destroyed in the fire




this was years ago though, bout 3 or 4
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Why not just use firewire-ide or USB2.0-ide converter boxes like this: http://www.newegg.com/app/Showimage....145-303-05.JPG

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