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Founded in 1996, Avantis develops innovative solutions for the distribution of digital content over local area networks and the internet. The company is a leading provider of affordable and accessible server appliance technology, with products designed for the education, corporate and industrial markets. Avantis is headquartered near Cardiff in the UK with subsidiary Avantis Inc. based in California, USA.Avantis operates through an extensive network of distributors and OEM partners in Europe and the USA and has alliances with many leading software publishers. The Avantis technology platform provides compact, powerful and scalable solutions based on the ‘plug and play’ principle of network attached storage (NAS). Avantis pioneered the use of hard disk technology to store and distribute multimedia content from CD and was the first supplier to launch a hard disk based CD-ROM server into the UK market. Since then Avantis has developed its product range to include CD/DVD servers, web caching and content delivery network (CDN) solutions. For more information about Avantis or OpenCD, please refer to the Avantis web site

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Do CDs and DVDs Have a Long Term Future
as Digital Storage? - article

"CDs have already been around for 20 years - so that may seem like forever and you may think that DVDs too will still be around just as long. But my own view is that these are merely short term stepping stones to something else in the same way that scrolls and loose collections of paper were a transient phase which gave way to the bound book." the article

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