IP Storage or storage on network, reduces the total amount of storage required, and leverages the latest storage technologies for cost-effective storage management. Furthermore, by centralizing the storage, protocols such as iSCSI and 100 GbE can be utilized in order to enhance network performance and speed.
iSCSI allows to transport and route data from video servers (Initiators) to IP Storage systems (Targets) on an enterprise network infrastructure. Thus, this facilitates the process to boot, or operate, directly from the network, instead of a disk drive. Booting from the network allows deploying of diskless video servers for simplified storage administration and eliminates internal drives as a point of failure. Additionally, it also eliminates the need to cost effectively replace disk drives and system downtime related issues.
Moreover centralization of storage, easy storage scalability with no application downtime can be achieved. Availability of centralized and consolidated images and archives adds exuberance to the performance of applications. It also facilitates seamless compatibility with existing CCTV and analog investments. All the advancements to keep video data safe and protected can also be achieved.
Network IP Storage benefits in video surveillance summarized:
No System downtime with high availability storage – If a video server becomes faulty, unavailable or if it completely fails, it can be swapped with a replacement server having same configuration within minutes. With the IP storage housing all the data, you eliminate single points of failure with high availability, redundancy and advanced RAID features on the IP Storage. Storage admins will not have to swap out hard drives, re-configure data and applications on the server and thus can save their valuable time, while simultaneously protecting data.
One Storage pool for multiple servers – Transitioning from multiple video servers with individual storage, to a single storage pool helps cut down the management overhead associated with traditional distributed environments. Multiple homogenous video servers can boot from a single storage volume, reducing storage requirements, and simplifying access. Centralization of hardware resources can streamline admin workflow and require fewer admins to maintain the environment.
Reduction in server cost of ownership – Depending on the network topology and number of video servers, enterprises can gain significant savings in power, cooling, space and cost.
Video management software and cameras are safeguarded – It has been observed that the chances of loosing mission critical video surveillance data can be eliminated with centralization of storage. Additionally, eliminating the chance of losing your data while recording or retrieving an archive or during playback is possible with this set-up.
IP Storage consolidation offers a smart strategy for doing more with less, enhancing the return on your surveillance investments and simplifying management with the latest technology changes. Use of iSCSI technology will be a simple and cost-effective option for organizations looking to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) through improved storage consolidation.
And on a final note, security admins will have more time to focus on solving their everyday physical security challenges, not their storage.
DNF Security, a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory offers IP Storage appliances for mission critical video surveillance environments. For more details please click on its product catalog or call 510.265.1122.