By combining zippy hardware with its new CDexecutive 1.1 software, Logicraft Information Systems Inc. has produced a turnkey CD ROM library system that integrates seamlessly into a NetWare bindery-based environment via Windows NT’s File and Print Services for NetWare.
Such integration comes at a price: The top-of-the-line, 12-drive CDexecutive/XF model 5300 system we tested costs $20,890. We could assemble a comparable unit for considerably less money, but we’d need lots of time to do so.
Given users’ increasing demands for instantaneous access to CD ROM-based information, overburdened network managers tired of swapping, sharing, and mounting CD ROM volumes may not mind shelling out for this very scalable, plug-and-play optical retrieval solution. The product began shipping Oct. 31.
The number of reference CD ROM titles appears to be growing exponentially, creating a strong demand for server-based clusters of CD ROM devices within a workgroup. The currently popular automated jukebox approach of swapping out one CD for another takes approximately 3 to 12 seconds per exchange and doesn’t really lend itself to multiuser access.
Leapfrogging that process, the CDexecutive/XF 5300 system implements intelligent software that dynamically mounts as many as 56 scalable CD ROM drives as network-shared volumes; the software also automatically associates each CD ROM title with predefined a ccess…