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Overland Snap Server NAS watches over Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC exhibits

With its low cost and support for large files, Overland's IP-based Snap Server 620 NAS appliance fits the bill for video surveillance cameras at the Rock and Roll Annex, New York.

The IT staff that set up the tech infrastructure at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC consider their storage...

system a key piece of the building's security plan. While the Overland Storage Inc. Snap Server 620 network-attached storage (NAS) appliance doesn't actually handle any security, it does store data from the IP camera system the Annex relies on to keep its valuable exhibits safe.

David Waggett, general manager of the Annex, said Mobotix AG IP cameras feed images directly into the Snap Server 620 so remote employees have instant access to video footage. Waggett picked the NAS appliance on a recommendation from Mobotix, as he tried to keep costs down and simplify integration of his storage and security systems.

The Annex uses the Overland Snap Server 620 appliance with dual processors and four hot-swappable 1 TB SATA II 1 drives in the head unit and 12 1 TB SATA II 1 drives in an expansion pack, for a total of 16 TBs of raw capacity and 12 TBs of usable storage.

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Waggett said the Annex may need more capacity, but the Snap Server 620 can scale to 88 TBs with JBODs. It also includes dual power supplies, the ability to boot from any drive, offsite replication capabilities, and RAID 6 and RAID 10 data protection.

Overland acquired the Snap server platform from Adaptec Inc. last year as part of its strategy to expand beyond its traditional tape business. Overland targets the video surveillance market with the Snap Server 620 it brought out last September. Storage systems for video surveillance tend to be low cost, easy to use and IP based.

Mike O'Brien, a managing consultant at Redwood City, Calif.-based All Covered Inc., the Annex's IT integration company, said the installation of Overland Storage's storage system was "very straightforward." O'Brien's team installed the Snap Server on a virtual LAN separate from the Annex's other network traffic to improve performance and security. The IP cameras are password protected, preventing unauthorized employees from accessing the IP cameras in real-time.

Security is crucial to the Annex, which has memorabilia from Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and other rock stars. The Annex is affiliated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Inc. in Cleveland.

"Being an exhibit with many one-of-a-kind or rare artifacts, we wanted a level of security that would satisfy us, our lenders, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland," Waggett said. "Some of the things we have chosen to alarm aren't necessarily the most valuable items, but are items that might be of the most interest to someone who might be interested in stealing them."

These include the Motown ID card issued to Jackson when he was 5 years old, one of Lennon's pianos, Springsteen's 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air and one of Turner's wigs.

Waggett wanted the ability to keep video footage for up to 30 days. One of the things the Annex learned from the operation of the Cleveland museum is that "when you notice something is wrong isn't necessarily when it happened," Waggett said. "It could be quite a ways back in time that an incident happened."

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