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Vol. 6 No. 8 October 2007

New storage systems eye video applications

IP-based camera video surveillance systems are increasingly moving video storage off closed-circuit television (CCTV) and digital video recorders (DVRs) and onto network-attached disk storage. To address this shift, new video surveillance storage systems with high-availability, bandwidth and scalability characteristics are emerging; these new systems are using SATA disk drives, iSCSI connectivity and clustering software to meet video surveillance's particular storage requirements. John Webster, principal IT advisor at Illuminata, Nashua, NH, observes that companies gain a huge advantage by digitally storing video surveillance footage. "People can fall asleep and miss actions when they review analog video," says Webster. "When video is stored digitally, you can do an awful lot of preprocessing that identifies periods of time when action is occurring." Connexed Surveillance Service, Palo Alto, CA, is a video surveillance storage service provider that uses a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model to deliver video surveillance. ...

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Features in this issue

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  • Top 10 tips of the summer of 2006

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    Storage, security and open source were the front runners in our tally of the Top 10 SMB tips for the summer of 2006.

  • How useful are storage benchmarks?

    Most storage vendors like to tout how well their gear performed on benchmark tests, but the results may not always be as they first appear. The benchmarking process can be easily manipulated because of the large number of variables that influence performance results. To level the playing field, test results need to be categorized by product type, configuration standards need to be defined for each category and vendors must strictly adhere to the configurations.

Columns in this issue

  • Storage Bin: Leaving you in good hands

    It's time for a changing of the guard for the Storage Bin column. Steve Duplessie, whose witty and perceptive insights have graced Storage magazine from day one, is stepping aside to make room for ESG's Tony Asaro to take up residency on our end page.