Beyond CD-ROM: SilverPlatter, DIALOG, CAS, West Re-Defining Network Options
Networking continues to dominate developments on the CD-ROM front.
SilverPlatter Information, Inc. has redefined its MultiPlatter service. In the past the term referred to networking the company's CD-ROMs. Now the trade name denotes a complete line of networking products, integrable with other vendors on local area or campus-wide networks:
MultiPlatter CD-1000--seven CD-ROM drives on a tower that can handle up to fourteen drives with simultaneous access;
MultiPlatter HD-1000--hard disk capable of supporting thirty simultaneous users at speeds ten times faster than CD-ROM searching;
MultiPlatter ERL-1000--using client/server architecture on UNIX-based application servers to offer multi-server, multi-database support, and TCP/IP compatibility.
Over a gateway, MultiPlatter systems can connect to Hewlett Packard, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Sun, and other major platforms. A dial-in option supports searching from remote locations with conditions and access that vary substantially among individual database producers. All SilverPlatter databases use the SPIRS search software. SilverPlatter will customize upgrades or hybrid arrangements to prevent customers from losing past investment. Recently SilverPlatter decided to use a network of local vendors to supply customers with hardware assistance rather than attempting to handle it in-house.
West Publishing Company's new West CD Reporters now offer local area network (LAN) licensing as well as individual PC options. The new network licensing option adds a monthly subscription charge. For example the initial license fee for the four-disc New York Supplement, 2d West CD Reporter is $2,500 with a $75 per month charge for a single PC usage. …