What Exactly is a CD or DVD Jukebox?
PrimeArray CD/DVD servers are “Virtual” Jukeboxes – Much Faster and More Flexible than Actual Jukeboxes.
PrimArray has introduced specialized servers that automatically copy, index and catalogue any media inserted. Giving you a virtual jukebox, small box, big power with massive capacities.
PrimeArray CD/DVD servers are “virtual” jukeboxes, and are the best way to host CD and DVD resources for users to share over your network. PrimeArray systems has developed the technology that made the conventional dvd optical jukebox obsolete with our virtual dvd / cd / bluray optical jukebox systems and cd / dvd / Bluray optical servers.
- The fastest possible access to your CD/DVD data over the network – speed that puts jukeboxes to shame.
- Simultaneous access for multiple users – no waiting in line.
- Access to many discs at a time – far more than you could fit into a jukebox.
- Capacity sized to your needs, from 1 to 4,000 discs.
- Enhanced reliability because there are fewer moving parts – unlike a jukebox, which has many moving parts that can break down.
- Massive space savings from dated media formats
- Worry free solution for the future
CD/DVD/Bluray Optical Servers (Virtual jukebox) Deliver Improved Performance and Value Compared to a conventional Jukebox for Sharing CD/DVD/Bluray optical Content Over a Network.
Do you have CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Blu-ray optical discs with material that you want to share with users over your network? They could be software programs, computer-based training, or subscription updates. Are you tired of being the CD librarian? Tired of looking for lost discs? Tired of replacing damaged discs? Perhaps you archived data off to DVD optical disc and want that data online for occasional access.
If so, you need a network attached CD/DVD/BluRay optical sharing solution. For years, people would share small numbers of discs using a CD tower. They would load larger collections into a jukebox for sharing. CD/DVD/Bluray optical servers (virtual jukebox) have replaced cd dvd towers and jukeboxes for all applications.
Software and Hard-Disk Caching Beats the Jukebox - Hands Down!
CD DVD BluRay Optical servers use software and hard-disk caching / indexing to automatically and rapidly store ISO images of the CD-ROMs or DVD-ROMs even Blu-ray ROMs , any optical disc. Any number of users can quickly and easily access the material they need when and where they need it. If you like, you can map a drive to a disc or group of discs for foolproof access.
These devices connect directly to your network saving the cost of a separate server and network software license. Each unit comes with software to facilitate adding, replacing, updating, managing and deleting titles easily. The software copies the exact disc image to the hard drive for users to access. The original CD or DVD Bluray / optical media can be put in a safe place for backup.
The hard drive storage not only provides a wider range of capacities (current models range from a few discs to thousands), but also delivers faster retrieval and better support for multiple users. The cost per disc of these caching (hard drive) devices is considerably lower than with a tower.
CD DVD Bluray Server Virtual dvd jukebox versus a Regular Server or a Jukebox
You might ask why you shouldn’t just copy the CDs or DVDs (optical media) to your server. Do you really want to bog down your server, which has many other tasks to perform, with storing and accessing discs? Just because you have a server doesn’t mean loading it up comes without costs. The sooner it’s full, the sooner you have to buy another expensive server. It is more economical to get a special purpose CD/DVD/Bluray optical server / Virtual optical jukebox to manage this task. A CD/DVD/Bluray optical (Virtual jukebox) server copies an exact image of the disc rather than simply copying the data file by file, so it is identical to accessing the disc itself, only faster. The PrimeArray virtual dvd jukebox system even neatly catalogs and index’s all loaded discs to make management and permissions easy as possible.
Loading and sharing out a disc on a general purpose server takes a number of steps. This is fine for one or two discs, but is a real chore for large collections or subscriptions where new discs are coming in each month to replace old ones. With the CD/DVD server, you stick the disc in the reader and it does the rest. The drive will pop open ready for the next disc (two and a half minutes for a full CD).
A true jukebox on the other hand holds many CDs or DVDs in a tray, or carousel. When a disc is requested, a robotic mechanism physically locates the disc and mechanically loads it into an optical reader. Loading the discs is quite rapid, but accessing them is anything but. With its many moving parts, access speed and reliability can be an issue. PrimeArray does not sell this type of jukebox.
Note: CD/DVD servers and DVD Jukeboxes (virtual) are not designed to handle audio CDs or copy- protected DVD movies.