Security Business

MAR 2014

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ervers, storage and workstation tech- nologies are key components of an IP-based physical security solution; however, many organizations are still trying to leverage existing analog-based assets to meet their video surveillance needs. Even though those analog solutions might pass for minimally sufficient, the data-intensive nature of today's network video technology makes this approach problematic. An integrated and holistic approach to building an IP-based video surveil- lance solution is what the market needs. Although well-intended, manufacturers' minimum specifications as a one-size- fits-all solution seem to create systems that strug- gle to address customers' application requirements for both video surveillance and other business security functions. Forecasts suggest that nearly half of all video security systems will run on network cameras by 2015. Non-standard systems will begin to underperform, as systems attempt to scale while megapixel cameras are added to the environment. The migration to IP-based physical secu- rity and the shift from VGA resolution to megapixel and high-definition resolutions has placed a burden on network bandwidth and has created several system management challenges. Compared to standard-resolu- tion cameras, bandwidth needs from high- resolution cameras can increase tenfold. Consequently, the input/output (I/O) capa- bilities of IP video servers need to be signifi- cantly greater, and in many cases, standard data servers — even powerful enterprise servers — are not built to withstand the rig- ors and nuances of IP video feeds. Greater emphasis is now placed on incor- porating integrated server, storage and workstation solutions that can handle the immense increase in bandwidth and pro- cessing demands. New technologies such as edge storage are inherently integrative, which fills the gap of out-of-network mobile applications or network failures. In some instances, companies are leveraging third- party data centers to host cloud-based video; however, this is still an emerging technology. The Benefits of Integration From the shift to open and redundant architecture hardware, to the emphasis on S 60 www.SecurityInfoWatch.com | SD&I | March 2014 VIDEO SURVEILLANCE By Tom Larson A look at different purpose-built technologies on the market today Video Storage Solutions Internal storage drives are protected by RAID 5 or 6, ensuring that if a drive was to fail, no data would be lost. SDI_60-63_0314 Video Burgess.indd 60 3/5/14 1:40 PM

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