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Jukebox storage: How do you store your tons of digital images: Safely, securely, with easy access? Print E-mail

NSM Storage offers an excellent solution for storing digital graphics and digital photographs for professional photographers, ad agencies, design shops, architects, and all companies who generate large digital files that must be carefully stored and easily retrieved on demand. Once you store them, how can you find them? Portfolio from Extensis was an early solution. Canto Cumulus is now the industry standard for data management storage and retrieval of digital photographs. SuperBase is a flexible alternative if you are capable of doing your own programming and work with PCs (no Macintosh version of Super Base yet). But NSM Storage has an even clever solution (no extra cost for the software, it's included with the NSM DVD-RAM jukebox system).

DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, jukebox library from NSM

The NSM system makes all the files on the jukebox available simultaneously in a searchable index, as though the entire Terabyte mass of data was on a single giant RAID system or immense hard disk. The NSM unit holds three or more drives (DVD-RAM drives for example). The unit finds the appropriate disk and places it automatically into a drive so you can read to the screen.

The NSM Storage jukebox is flexible, so you can access your data from a Macintosh or PC. You can add (or remove) disks at any time. Each disk holds 2.7 GB (which is one side of a single-sided DVD-RAM disk). Or you can use DVD-ROM disks, CD-R disks, CD-RW, and of course CD-ROM disks can all be read by the jukebox drives.

No DVD-RAM jukebox turns any disk over, so you use the single-sided DVD-RAM disks that can be loaded without their cartridge, since of course the disks are sealed into the NSM Storage jukebox so each disk has no more need for its independent casing.

The NSM Storage jukebox accepts DVD-RAM disks from any of the leading manufacturers (such as Maxell or TEAC). I got the impression they tended to use TEAC, as it was the TEAC booth at the recent CeBIT which first told me about the NSM Storage company. NSM Storage is a Germany company, so you can expect solidly made equipment backed by German computer technology. NSM Storage GmbH Im Tiergarten 20-30, D-55411 Bingen/Rein, tel 49 (0) 6721 964 7 77. Otherwise, however, the company is as American as apple pie (brochures are in English, office is in Hauppauge, New York, etc.)Tel 631 273-4600.

NSM 2000
NSM 3000
NSM 4000
NSM 5000
slots + 1 drive* 135* media slots 315* media slots 430* media slots 620* media slots
data capacity
49-90 GB with CD disks 135-205 GB with CD 210-280 GB with CD 267-403 GB with CD
282-635 GB (DVD-ROM) 0.9-1.5 TB (DVD-ROM) 1.5-2.0 TB (DVD-ROM) 1.9-2.9 TB (DVD-ROM)
156-351 GB (DVD-RAM) 0.5-0.8 TB (DVD-RAM) 0.9-1.1 TB (DVD-RAM) 1.1-1.6 (DVD-RAM)


* you can add more drives (another DVD-RAM, or a CD-R, or CD-ROM).
Every time you add a drive, that removes the space occupied by 15 media slots, so for every extra drive reduce the capacity by 15 media slots.


Last updated: Feb. 5, 2003
Previous updates: Oct. 20, 2001.



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