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NetServ Network-Attached Storage and CD/DVD Server

Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and CD/DVD Sharing in One System

NetServ is the one system you need for both CD/DVD sharing and network-attached data storage:

CD/DVD Sharing– Put your CDs and DVDs on your network so those who need access can get it when they need it, where they need it. No more searching for lost CDs and DVDs or replacing damaged discs. With a network-attached CD/DVD storage system, multiple users can share CDs and DVDs simultaneously.

Network-Attached Data Storage-– Gain more network data storage space and back up servers and workstations regularly. Use the NetServ for data archiving, additional user space, as a staging point for tape backup or for diskless backup. Alternatively, backup your files to CD or DVD, load the disc images into the NetServ CD/DVD NAS server and store the original media offsite for safekeeping.

The NetServ combines all the RAID and NAS features of the FlexNAS with the CD/DVD management features of the ServStation.

Features and Benefits of the NAS Server & CD/DVD Server

FEATURE: This server is ideal for a CD/DVD library ranging from a handful of discs all the way up to thousands of CDs or DVDs (or a mix of both). You get a greater breadth of capacity than a jukebox in the size of a breadbox (or desktop tower or rack - depending on the customer requirements).

BENEFIT: Your CDs and DVDs are organized, safe, and easy to access by anyone on the network.

FEATURE: By imaging the CD/DVDs to a hard disc drive, this NAS server can hold many more titles and provide faster access. CD/DVD towers or jukeboxes cannot approach this level of service or value. The system automatically saves an exact image of the disc, then creates a folder for the contents and shares those out to users on the network.

BENEFIT: Access speeds are far faster than a traditional CD/DVD server, CD Tower or jukebox where the discs must be in the tower in order to work.

FEATURE: By imaging the CD/DVDs to a hard disc drive, more users can be supported and multiple discs can be accessed simultaneously. Any authorized user on your network can access CD and DVD information from the server without the need for 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. No need to go searching for elusive CDs, and no additional training is required.

BENEFIT: With network-attached CD/DVD storage, people can work faster and more productively.

FEATURE: The system attaches directly to the Ethernet network. Simply connect it to your network, enter an IP address, and use its built-in reader to capture CD/DVD images. You are up and running in minutes. Users see (and read or search) the contents of each disc as with a network file server. Unlike SCSI attached towers, it doesn't require a server to host it. You save by either freeing up an existing server or avoiding having to purchase a server and server network license. Place it near the users who have CDs or DVDs they need to share.

BENEFIT: It doesn't have to be located next to a server in a computer room because it's attached to the network.

FEATURE: Some CDs/DVDs will not work unless they are physically in the local disc drive. This restriction prevents all DVD towers, CD jukeboxes and most CD/DVD servers from being able to share these titles. However, this PrimeArray NAS server device includes unique emulation software to circumvent this restriction by creating a virtual drive locally on the workstation. To applications it appears the disc is in a local optical drive when in fact the disc is shared via the server.

BENEFIT: Lets you share a CD or DVD that would otherwise have to be in a local reader drive to work.

FEATURE: The Content Manager utility will find all CD/DVD servers on your network and list all available discs to be shared. You simply drag-n-drop disc images into shareable, categorized folders that you create. These folders can then be viewed by end user PCs via the Content Client. The end user simply clicks on a specific disc image and views the contained data or runs an executable program.

BENEFIT: Lets you centrally manage and categorize shared CDs and DVDs for your end users

FEATURE: The content of subscription based media changes on a regular basis often monthly. Every time a new subscription arrives you simply click on the disc title in the administration utility, insert the disc into the PrimeArray CD/DVD server's optical drive and it automatically uploads and replaces the outdated disc while maintaining user access rights.

BENEFIT: Gives users instant access to new information.

DVD Server, Network Attached Storage, NAS Devices, Media and More

FEATURE: Mirror mode: Simply insert a CD or DVD and it is automatically cached to the hard drive. Direct Access Mode: The inserted CD/DVD is not cached to the hard drive — it is immediately available for viewing and searching.

BENEFIT:Dedicate specific drives for image caching and others (i.e. copy protected) for direct access.

FEATURE: Hard disk capacity can start as small as 640 GB and be upgraded to 16 TB within a single system.

BENEFIT: Add capacity as your general data or CD/DVD library grows.

FEATURE: You can modify all management, security and network settings remotely from anywhere on the network using a secure interface. Setup and administration of the system is accomplished via a web-based management console. Via a browser, administrators can manage such tasks as:

  • Initial system setup including environment settings, language and date/time preferences, UPS connectivity and administrative password management
  • A back-lit LCD display with push-buttons for IP setting and system status / event indication.
  • Dual-color LEDs for indicating Power/Fault, LAN activity, LAN link/speed and device activity.
  • Network configuration including Active Directory integration
  • Hard drive initialization and volume creation and management
  • Manual and scheduled disk-scanning on selected hard disks or RAID groups
  • Security and ACL configuration
  • Disk caching rules and recording options
  • Backups, firmware upgrades, and virus pattern upgrades
  • Perform shutdowns, restarts and resets
  • Monitor all on-going and scheduled tasks
  • S.M.A.R.T. hard disk monitoring

BENEFIT: Modify management, security, and network settings remotely from anywhere on the network.

FEATURE: Security is designed into the NetServ from the ground up. You can precisely control access to data folder or file. It's easy to assign user or folder level data quotas. You can manage user accounts locally, through Active Directory or Unix NIS and set user and / or group permissions. Supports access control lists and SSL 128 bit encryption.

BENEFIT:Cached discs cannot "disappear" or be copied. Access rights are easily established. Active Directory compatible.

FEATURE: Every server comes with two 10/100/1000 Ethernet network interfaces. These can be teamed to boost throughput if connected to the same LAN. One interface can be used as a fail-over for the other, giving higher reliability. Or each connection could go to a different LAN allowing the same discs to be shared between two groups. Optionally, a third Gigabit (10/100/1000) Network Interface card (fibre or wire) can be added.

BENEFIT:Boost throughput, or use one interface as a failover for higher reliability.

FEATURE: Any PC, UNIX or Mac workstation on the network can access the server. This makes it an ideal central repository of information accessible to those who need it. The server supports Microsoft Windows 98/NT/2000/2003/Vista, Mac OS 9.x/OS X, NFS capable Unix/Linux systems, and Novell over IPX.

BENEFIT: No need to reconfigure what you already have.

FEATURE: The integrated Trend Micro antivirus software is the best-of-breed security product that delivers reliable antivirus protection. Works in real-time or during scheduled intervals. Updated virus pattern files can be automatically downloaded from Trend Micro and installed if the CD server has Internet access. Features include:

  • Real-time, scheduled, or disable virus scanning
  • Automatic virus pattern updates over internet or via file upload
  • Alert when virus pattern out of date
  • Alert when virus detected
  • Quarantine infected files
  • Exclude/include files to scan using extensions
  • Scans compressed files

BENEFIT: Alerts you to viruses, working in real-time or during scheduled intervals.

FEATURE: The system includes built-in synchronization support for server-to-server mirroring, distribution, and tapeless backup. The synchronization tasks run over TCP/IP using SSH to ensure secure communications. Synchronization compresses the differential blocks from changed files and can be configured to use customizable bandwidth to reduce the utilization of the scarce network bandwidth. Replicated data retains the same file/folder-level security.

Mirroring:  Creates an exact duplicate copy of data from a share or folder on one server to another. (Servers can function as either Mirror servers or clients.)
Distribution:  Replicates an exact duplicate copy of data from a share or folder on a master server to up-to eight other target servers. (Servers can function as a master distribution server or distribution targets.)
Tapeless Backup/Restore:  Performs a server-to-server backup. Two systems are required, one as the backup server, others as backup clients. The backup server makes and keeps backups of client data. Backup version control is similar to the GFS (Godfather-Father-Son) tape rotation scheme commonly used on tape backups. When a new backup version is created, it checks and deletes obsolete backups automatically according to predefined rules.

BENEFIT: Data replication to another network attached storage server

FEATURE: The system includes local tape backup/restore software that supports full/incremental backups of selected folders, flexible backup schedules and original/alternative restoration. It also features comprehensive backup/restore progress information and detailed summary logs.

Tape backup has the option to include ACL security setting when backing up and restoring data. System settings such as user database and quota settings and network shares may also be backed up. It also provides for file- and folder-level selection for tape restoration

BENEFIT: Full or incremental backup for data protection.

FEATURE: Snapshots are point-in-time copies of the file-system. When creating a snapshot, the file-system is momentarily frozen and creates a record of all changes. It can back up several terabytes of data in less than a second. Since files are not modified during snapshot creation, data integrity is maintained.

Because of their speed, Snapshots solve the problems of long backup windows and open files commonly associated with tape backup. Snapshot keeps track of file changes in blocks, so even frequent backups can require little or disk space.

Backed up data is maintained online and clients can access previous versions of their files through special read-only snap folders.

BENEFIT: Enables quick state capture.

FEATURE: You can configure the NetServ so that when a directory reaches a certain size data will be automatically archived to a CD/DVD. The CD/DVD writer backup features include:

  • Select multiple source folders for backup
  • Estimate total file size of the folders selected for backup
  • Move selected files to writer buffer internally and automatically
  • Supports spanning multiple discs when selected files exceed the size of a single CD/DVD disc
  • Supports burning across multiple discs using two writers in sequence

BENEFIT: Archive rarely used data.

FEATURE: The NetServ comes with the ability to configure its hard drive storage as RAID 0, 1 and 5 arrays. RAID 0 increases data access speed and enables the creation of a maximum sized data volume. RAID 1 mirrors one hard drive disk to another. RAID 5 is for systems with three or more disk drives. The data is spread across all the drives in the RAID array such that the loss of any drive will not result in the loss of data or up time. RAID 6 extends RAID 5 by adding an additional parity block. With RAID 10 the drives are striped for performance and all striped drives are duplicated for fault tolerance. RAID features include:

  • Integrated hardware RAID controller
  • Supports 4 concurrent RAID sets
  • Cross-platform Journaling File System
  • User disk quotas supported

BENEFIT: Robust data protection.

FEATURE: In the unlikely event of a disk drive failure, a drive that has been designated as a hot-spare will automatically be swapped into the RAID array replacing the defective drive. The system will automatically rebuild the RAID array on the new drive. This all happens without user intervention. You can also increase the capacity of a RAID group or replace a defective drive with hot swappable drives and hot capacity expansion - without shutting down or restarting the NetServ.

BENEFIT: Keeps data accessible during potential disk drive failures.

FEATURE: Supports UPS with smart signaling.

BENEFIT: Reduces downtime.

FEATURE: System status may be monitored using multiple notification methods:

  • Status monitoring options include email alerts, audible alarms, LCD console messages, event logging and more.
  • Environmental monitoring options available for CPU / System temperature, CPU / System voltage and CPU fan status.
  • Detailed System, Device and Security logs

BENEFIT:Notifications and detailed logging ensure accurate and quick notification of events.


  • One year parts and labor
  • Extended warranty and service plans available
  • More information on the PrimeArray warranty

Pricing: PrimeArray's systems are competitively priced and deliver great value. As every system is configured to meet the customer's requirements, the price varies depending on the configuration. Please contact us to receive a prompt price quote.