CD-ROM server is one of a kind of storage system used to share information among members of a network. Members of the network can access the organization’s shade information on CD-ROMs or DVD-ROMs.

These devices are NAS and can be connect directly to your Ethernet network. They enhance cost efficiency by helping you save on the cost of a separate network and server software license. The CD-ROM server works in such a way that once you load a DVD or CD disc into the optical drive(s) of the server, it automatically copies an exact disc image onto the hard drive of the server. You can put original CD or DVD away to a save up on space as users will get access of the information from the extracted disc image.

CD-ROM server

  • Benefits of CD/DVD servers
  • Frustration time spent on searching borrowed or lost CD/DVDs is eliminated.
  • Eliminates time spent and cost of replacing damaged DVD/CDs
  • You can back up your CDs and DVDs ,
  • Once you put all CD/DVDs online, it will eliminate the hassle of swapping CD/DVDs in and out for several times.
  • it allows multiple users access simultaneously on multiple CD/DVDs
  • Faster data accessing- as hard drive allows faster data access than an optical disc drive
  • One can access information through multiple access points for example: another desk, another building,another floor, another country, another city.
  • centralized management and data control
  • Easy access to the software and data stored.
  • Simplifies license management of CD and DVD
  • Minimizes the costs of using and managing several CDs and DVDs

Features of a good CD-ROM server

  • Large Storage capacity

CD/DVD data storage server is an ideal product for making an overall collection of CD/DVD ranging up to thousands of CDs or DVDs or mix of both. You can get a greater entire capacity in a good CD/DVD rom server up to 4K CDs or 1K DVDs. CDs and DVDs will be safe, organized, and easy to access by anyone on the network of a good server.

  • CDs and DVDs will be cached to disc

After imaging the CD/DVDs to hard disc drive, a good server will able to hold many more titles with faster access providing.  The server system will automatically save an exact image of the disc, rather than creating contents or folder and shares those on the network.

  • Simultaneous Multiple User Access

Multiple discs can be accessed simultaneously on a good hard disc drive by imaging CD/DVDs.It gives access permission to authorized user on your network from the server without the proprietary client software. The information that users need is centrally located at their fingertips and accessible in familiar ways, such as a share viewable via Network Neighborhood or as a mapped drive off their desktop.

  • Independent Server

The system will be attached directly to the Ethernet network. For good servers you can simply connect it to your own network, just enter your IP address, and use its built-in reader to capture CD/DVD images. You are up and running in minutes.

  • Content management

A good server will have content Manager Utility which will find all CD/DVD servers on your network and you will get a list of all available discs to be shared. You can simply drag-n-drop disc images into shared folders in different category.The shared folders can then be viewed by end user PCs via the Content Client. The end users simply can click on a specific disc image and view the contained data or runs an executable program.

Ensure proper maintenance of server is necessary to get a long term service from the servers.

Author Bio

Thomas Hargreaves is network engineer. He also writes technical blogs and articles. In this article he has specified the features of a good cd-rom server.