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In the world of multimedia computing, new fields of applications are constantly emerging. As client-server systems (CSS) become more widespread, one of the goals of business information strategies is the ownership of one or more personal computers (PCs) by each person.
This goal is gradually becoming a reality. At the same time, technological innovation has been remarkable.
With the standardization of high-performance video compression technology, companies have begun bringing multimedia (text, video, sound, and picture) into the system as part of the business information strategy.
This movement involves developing services for providing diverse information and support for both internal decision-making as well as product presentations.
Such a system must also be coupled with a storage system for holding the large quantity of multimedia information.
In addition, system flexibility must be matched with user requirements, and the creation of the system content must be considered. These items are all major technology themes.
To meet these needs, Hitachi developed an office media server system.
Using standard protocols for general servers, workstations, PCs, and the Internet, the office media server was developed with particular attention given to compatibility with existing systems.
In the future, as an even more effective business information system is sought, the peripheral environment will be augmented with such items as authoring applications.