Meridian intros NAS CD-ROM server
Next month, Meridian Data plans to begin shipments of CD Net Universal XP Cache, a network-attached, CD-ROM server. Targeted at the small business, remote office, school or library in capacity and price, the CD Net server offers higher-speed throughput by enabling up to 30 CD titles to be cached onto a single, 9GB SCSI hard drive.
The CD-ROM server contains a 100MHz 32-bit RISC processor, SCSI-II CD-ROM drives, 32MB data cache (expandable to 160MB) and an auto-sensing 10/100Mbps Ethernet connection. CD Net Universal XP Cache integrates with NT, Novell, and Unix platforms, as well as supports several network protocols such as TCP/IP, IPX, NetBIOS and HTTP. All server software is embedded into the firmware .
The servers are available in three-bay mini-tower, seven-bay tower, and 19-bay rack mount configurations. Additional hard drive and memory modules are optional. Pricing for an entry-level CD Net server with 3 bays containing a 32X CD-ROM drive and 1 9GB SCSI hard drive for caching starts at $2,625. www.meridian-data.com.