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Low Cost CD-Recordable Technology Available

Magazine article Information Today

Low Cost CD-Recordable Technology Available

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Dataware Technologies, a leading software and service organization in the optical disc industry, has announced support for recordable CD-ROM drives from Philips and Sony. With appropriate software these drives enable an organization to migrate databases which previously required mainframes and expensive storage to workstation-based retrieval platforms such as PC and MAC. Only the required number of copies need be produced, which can be employed in the MIS department, local area networks, or remote sites without access to online services.

Startup costs for producing CD-ROM discs are now dramatically lower due to this new generation of CD-Recordable drives. These drives, which enable recordable CD to be written locally without going to a pressing facility, reduce the system hardware prices below $9,000.

Although previously available, this technology saw only limited application due to the previous $30,000 drive cost. The Dataware systems, including premastering software, controller and recording drive, are priced under $9,000.

For those organizations which have developed CD-ROM applications, Dataware is offering an even more attractive solution. The new CD Report Systems include not only a recordable CD drive and premastering software, but also a copy of the ReferenceSet CD-ROM authoring software. This software sells for $18,000. The complete system--build, retrieval, and premastering software plus CD-recordable drive--will sell at $19,500. In effect, the purchaser will receive the recordable CD-ROM drive nearly free of charge in conjunction with purchasing the authoring, retrieval and premastering software at normal prices. …

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