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Compact Devices' Plug-and-Play CD-ROM Server Provides Instant Netware, NFS, and Web Support

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Compact Devices' Plug-and-Play CD-ROM Server Provides Instant Netware, NFS, and Web Support

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Compact Devices, Inc. has introduced the TopSpin CD-ROM server, which it says will simplify the installation and use of networked CD-ROMs. The multiprotocol file server installs and automatically configures itself as a NetWare, Network File System (NFS), and Web server, allowing users in each of these environments to employ familiar commands to simultaneously access up to seven CD-ROM drives.

To the NetWare user, TopSpin appears as a traditional NetWare file server. The user maps to TopSpin's CD-ROM volumes as with any NetWare volume using standard Windows or DOS utilities. To an NFS user, TopSpin appears as a remote UNIX server with its file systems exported. World Wide Web users who see TopSpin as a Web server can access it through browsers such as Mosaic and Netscape.

A fully functional stand-alone CD-ROM server, TopSpin operates independently of any other file server or client workstation to connect up to seven CD-ROM drives directly to an Ethernet local area network. Because TopSpin does not utilize file server resources to access or transmit CD-ROM data, there is no impact to existing server applications, file, or print services. Conversely, access to the CD-ROM discs is not negatively impacted by heavy file-server usage. …

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