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This article is part of the Vol. 2 No. 1 March 2003 issue of Comparing the top data backup packages
You've seen the cameras in convenience stores, banks and if you're the betting kind, in casinos. Security-conscious companies who started out using analog videotapes, are gradually making the switch to digital, offloading to digital tape and occasionally, cheap ATA disk. Somewhat surprisingly, according to Alex Johnson, product manager, Loronix, Inc., a company that designs and markets digital video imaging and CCTV surveillance systems, most of their entry-level clients, like the above convenience store, are still using VCR recorders and eight-hour tapes, which get changed every shift. For that matter, many high-end clients, such as casinos, are as well. A typical casino, for example, may have 2,800 cameras feeding into 700 VCRs, with tapes swapped out each shift, and moved to a vault for a mere week. "If the casino wanted to store say 2,000 cameras, 14 days, at real time, you're looking at 3PB of storage," says Johnson. "That's an insane amount of video." But what if there's an incident and it needs to be found on the tape? If you're the above-mentioned ... Access >>>
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