Disk Emulation and Distributing Educational Games

Many educational institutions use games as a means of giving instruction. Many educational institutions also don't have enough money to pay an IT professional to go around installing these games on every single workstation where they're played. To cut down on these costs, a CD DVD storage server is oftentimes added to the network. This is the type of network attached storage (NAS) that allows the information contained on a CD to be shared across a network. Importantly, it also satisfies an anti-piracy feature that is included with many games.
While any information can be taken off of the CD and data archiving can be done on any hard drive, some of the safety features on educational games require that the actual physical optical media from which the game is installed be in the machine at the time it is installed and, in some cases, at any time the game is played. This obviously creates a bad situation for educational games, as many different students may be on them at the same time, all under the auspices of a legitimate license that includes enough seats to accommodate all of them. Instead of having to make separate copies of the game and risking those copies being destroyed, a CD DVD storage server allows one copy of the game to be used to satisfy the requirement that the CD be in the drive through a process called disk emulation.
Some of these CD DVD storage servers can hold a vast amount of information: the equivalent of literally thousands of CDs and DVDs, in some cases. The emulation software included on the NAS media servers that allow for the use of images in place of media in the local drives makes it possible to run educational games without having to have a separate copy for each machine. This means that a huge number of games can be run without needing to make a disk for every single computer on which they are run.
Some CDs and DVDs come with use restrictions. A good CD DVD storage server will also be provided with a licensing management utility that allows you to make sure that you're always in compliance with these restrictions. This allows the best of both worlds, where you get the convenience of not having to use the physical media in the local drive to use educational games but where you are always on the right side of the software manufacturer


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