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Blu-Ray Optical Libraries and Jukeboxes from Kintronics

optical libraryKintronics has a wide selection of optical BluRay jukeboxes and libraries available, as well as all the software or network attached storage manager necessary to attach them to your computer and network. They range in size from 35 to over 600 discs capacity. The Blu-ray Jukeboxes also support DVD media. If you need to just archive to disc and have infrequent access, take a look at our Archiving Appliance. BluRay archiving systems provide the latest technology for assuring your data is there when you need it.

To help you select the correct product, take a look at the application note below, and our technical articles, but don't hesitate to contact us for personalized technical assistance

Optical Libraries and Jukeboxes

The first optical libraries used large WORM (Write Once Read Many) discs. These 12-inch discs didn't hold too much data (about 650K Bytes), but they were the first disc to be called archival since the data was predicted to be available for over 50 years. The latest discs are called blu-ray type discs because they use the blue laser to read and write the data. Today the discs can hold up 100G Bytes and next year are expected to double to 200 GB. Here is a summary of the libraries available.

Optical Library Summary
Manufacturer Capacity Description
HIT-Storage Disc capacity from 35 to 560 discs. Supports 100GB /128GB Blu-ray media. This new jukebox library system uses the latest multi-function drive supporting CD, DVD Blu-ray discs. Select up to 8 drives, with capacity not affected by the number of drives. It features removable 35-disc magazines with built-in RFID tags providing easy off-line storage retrieval.
Disc From 45 to 690 discs depending on number of drives with Blu-ray media This complete family of optical jukebox libraries provides a range of flexible libraries with 45 to 690 Blu-ray discs. Total capacity varies depending on the number of drives required.


Optical Library and Jukebox Application Note:

This application note compares the jukebox, Archiving Appliances, CD Towers and Turbo Servers.

Note the term jukebox and library are sometimes used interchangeably. We usually use the term jukebox when we are talking about devices that handle DVD and CD discs. The term Library is usually used when the device handles optical media such as UDO or Blu-ray optical media. Today the most popular media uses the Blu-ray technology.

A jukebox or optical library is excellent for archiving data to optical discs. Optical media has evolved over the years. Optical media includes DVD, UDO, MO and Bluray discs. Today Blu-ray is the most popular optical disc media because it is also used in consumer video. If you have a library with any of the older media, contact us for help in migrating to the latest media. The current Blu-ray discs hold up to 100GB/disc, and the new 200GB discs are becoming available.

Most of the optical libraries contain multifunction writers that support a variety of formats such as DVD, CD and Blu-ray, etc. If the drives support Bluray media they don't usually support the UDO media. They hold from 100 to over 600 discs. You can select WORM (Write Once Read Mostly) or rewriteable media.

Jukeboxes connect to a Windows, UNIX or Linux server using special software. Users on the network can copy or drag and drop data to the server which automatically transfers the data to an optical disc in the jukebox.

All the jukeboxes work best when only a few users need to access the discs at the same time. Small jukeboxes have only one or two optical drives, so only one or two users can share the jukebox at the same time. If additional users want to use a new disc, they have to wait for the disc to be swapped by the robotics in the jukebox. This takes from 4 to 9 seconds. Larger jukeboxes have six or more readers, so more users can simultaneously access the different discs at the same time.

Archiving Appliances

There are a number of systems that take advantage of the same robotic mechanisms used in automatic duplicators. With these systems you can archive email data, medical images or general data to a stack of discs. This is a batch process where a set of blank discs are placed on a spindle and written one-at-a-time and placed on an output spindle. The discs are stored off-line and can be accessed by reading them back in using the same mechanism. Learn more...

Speeding up Access to your Data

If you need to speed up access to the data in the jukebox you can cache some data to your computer's hard drive, RAID or use Network Attached Storage. The jukebox management software makes use of this cache storage to dramatically improve access time.

Sharing CD and DVD Discs on the network:

CD DVD serverThe CD DVD Server connects to your network and allows thousands of CD or DVD-ROM discs to be shared by many users. These systems provide the most cost effective solution for between 20 and 1,000 CD or DVD discs. The TurboPlus tower uses built-in hard drives to hold (or cache) the content of thousands of DVDs. You can choose models with CD/DVD-ROM and CD/DVD Recorders.

The downside to a CD/DVD Server is that it takes time to copy the discs to the hard drive. It's easy to do, but you need to manually insert the discs in the drive and it takes about 2 minutes to copy each CD. The CD/DVD Server provides an easy to install, multi-protocol direct connection to your 10/100 Base Ethernet network. It attaches to Macintosh, UNIX or MS network (Win NT/2000/2003/XP). The CD/DVD Servers Can be accessed through a web browse or directly on the network.

Point Software connects many different jukebox systems to Windows servers. Optical recording is integrated to fulfill all archiving, mastering and duplication requirements. The automated recording feature simplifies the overall recording process dramatically. Due to its multi-threaded implementation PoINT Jukebox Manager allows multiple users to access the jukebox simultaneously and to record different data streams to different media in parallel. Disc caching to hard disk improves performance dramatically.

Discontinued Libraries and Jukeboxes

For reference only: The following jukeboxes and libraries have been discontinued or no longer available from Kintronics.

Discontinued Libraries and Jukeboxes
Manufacturer Description Notes
Powerfile 100, 200, 600 discs (Out of business) DISCONTINUED All models
JVC 100, 200, 600 discs DISCONTINUED All models
Nakamichi 5 - 140 disc DISCONTINUED All models
Kubic 240 discs (Out of business) DISCONTINUED All models
Pioneer 320, 700 CD/DVD discs DISCONTINUED All models
Plasmon Used special UDO media Not available from Kintronics



The following resources can be used to help you understand the technology. Contact us for help with your system. Our engineers will make sure you get the exact system you need.

Technical and Application Articles

Review of the Current Optical Jukebox and Library Technology
Blu-ray wins the standards war and becomes the technology of choice.

The Difference Between CD DVD Jukeboxes and CD DVD Servers.
This article reviews the two types of technology and when to use them.

How to handle all the Information that needs to be Archived.
How to Meet the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

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