SNAPserver - 620 from Overland Storage is ideal for growing businesses with a variety of storage needs
SNAPserver - 620 from Overland Storage is ideal for growing businesses with a variety of storage needs

Scalable rackmount unified storageThe SnapServer® 620 is ideal for growing businesses with a wide variety of storage needs. The SnapServer NAS 620 provides outstanding performance and ease of use in a 1U rack mount network attached storage (NAS) server that is scalable and flexible, to fit an array of storage needs and budgets. With iSCSI support included, companies can securely store, manage, and protect both block and file data in the same system. It is configured with 4 enterprise-class SATA II drives for an initial capacity of up to 8TB or 4 enterprise class 15K RPM SAS Drives for an initial capacity of 1.2TB and is expandable with up to 25.2TB of SAS or an additional 168TB of SATA storage. The SnapServer NAS 620 supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10 to keep your data safe.Built on the award-winning GuardianOS™ platform, the SnapServer NAS 620 enables companies to store both block and file data utilizing an existing Ethernet network includes many enterprise-class features, including the capability to be remotely monitored and managed, along with other SnapServers, from a central seat using SnapServer Manager™ software. Running Snap Enterprise Data Replicator™(Snap EDR) replication software, data can be continuously, securely, and efficiently moved between sites. As part of a backup to disk solution, the SnapServer 620 can be the backup server, storing backup images on its hard drives, and later transferring backups to a remote site for safety, or onto tapes for long term archive.With the ability to scale from 1TB to 176TB of storage capacity, you can right-size your storage environment by purchasing only what you need today, then expanding your system as your storage needs grow. With the ability to mix SAS and SATA, the SnapServer NAS 620 also enables you to build a truly customized solution that fits your specific needs.Customer needsGrowing businesses with a wide variety of storage needs, including the flexibility to customize their mix of SAS and SATA storage, as well as the scalability to increase their storage as their needs dictate - without the need to purchase a new storage system.BenefitsCost-effective file and block storage with performance and capacity that maximizes your storage budget and grows as business needs change.Key differentiatorsHigh performance and availability, built with a single dual-core 64-bit AMD Opteron processor, optional dual hot-swappable power supplies, unmatched price/performance, and scales easily to 176TB. HighlightsEasy management and cross-platform file sharing out of the boxUnified block and file architectureProvides up to 63% higher performance than the SnapServer 520 for high-performance and data protectionWith SAS or SATA disk drives in the SnapServer Expansion S50 expansion storage the SnapServer NAS 620 makes an ideal archival platform with the power to support a large number of replication clients.Includes 2GB (expandable to 4GB) of memory for extremely fast throughputOptional dual hot-swappable power supplies, hot-swappable enterprise-class SATA II drives, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports with Ethernet teaming for load balancing and port failoverOn-the-fly scalability with Instant Capacity Expansion (I.C.E)™Integrated BakBone NetVault: Backup for GuardianOS with upgraded 500GB Virtual Tape Library license

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SNAPserver from Overland Storage offers seamless integration with Mobotix MxCC
SNAPserver from Overland Storage offers seamless integration with Mobotix MxCC

Demonstrating their leadership in helping the industry transition from analogue to digital surveillance solutions, Overland and MOBOTIX have introduced the industry's easiest-to-use IP network video surveillance capture and archive solution.The joint solution is based on the MOBOTIX IP network camera, the MOBOTIX MxControlCentre (MxCC) video management system, and Overland Storage's family of award-winning Snap Server network attached storage (NAS) appliances. The result is a completely integrated IP network video surveillance capture and archive solution offering true ‘Plug and Play' capabilities between the two brands.The solution has been specifically designed to meet the modern IP-based needs of security and surveillance resellers serving a broad range of industries including retail shops, casino's, airports, service locations, hotels, petrol stations, car parks, apartment buildings, and homes. These customers have three things in common - they are all looking for solutions that offer high-quality images, simple management, and affordable storage.Explaining the simplicity of the new solution, Andy Walsky, vice president of European sales at Overland Storage, said: "Once a Snap Server is plugged into the IP network, it is automatically discovered and shown on the MxCC interface. The user simply accepts the default CIFS protocol for the MOBOTIX IP cameras to write video files over the IP network to the Snap Server's local storage or selects an alternative protocol if required. Then, each camera writes its images independently to a network share configured by MxCC on the Snap Server. That's pretty much it - there's no simpler solution on the market today."With the new solution, installers can deploy a complete and pre-tested video surveillance capture and archive solution in significantly less time than most other solutions. By eliminating much of the traditional time and expertise needed for deployment, they can bid more competitively and profitably on a wider number of tenders. Recent tests of Snap Server® storage systems in the MOBOTIX Camera Lab has shown Snap Servers to be an ideal storage solution for handling the demands from up to 80 simultaneous high resolution camera streams.Snap Servers have a long history of being easy to manage. Built on the Linux-based Guardian OS operating system, Snap Servers support network file sharing and easily integrate into existing networks and security infrastructures on a single device, providing a safe and secure video archiving solution. Snap Servers come in a variety of sizes, from 500GB desktop units to rack mount systems that scale to 88TB of raw storage capacity, meeting a wide variety of video surveillance storage needs.

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ONVIF Profile T and H.265: the evolution of video compression
ONVIF Profile T and H.265: the evolution of video compression

In today’s market, efficient use of bandwidth and storage is an essential part of maintaining an effective video surveillance system. A video management system’s ability to provide analysis, real time event notifications and crucial image detail is only as a good as the speed and bandwidth of a surveillance network. In the physical security industry, H.264 is the video compression format used by most companies. Some companies also employ H.264 enhancements to compress areas of an image that are irrelevant to the user at a higher ratio within a video stream in order to preserve image quality for more important details like faces, license plates or buildings. The H.265, H.264’s successor, will be increasingly used for compression in the future. Some companies are already using H.265 in their cameras and video management systems, while a host of other manufacturers are certainly preparing for its broader adoption in the years to come. Video compression technologies Reduced bandwidth and storage requirements are the primary benefits of video compression technologies Reduced bandwidth and storage requirements are the primary benefits of video compression technologies. In some cases, H.265 can double the data compression ratio of H.264, while retaining the same quality. Increased compression rate translates into decreased storage requirements on hard drives, less bandwidth usage and fewer switches – all of which reduce overall costs of system ownership. H.265 compression delivers a lower bitrate than H.264, which is relevant to end users and integrators because the lower bitrate reduces strain on hardware and can reduce playback issues. It’s very important that the compression format that is used is supported in all of the different components of a system: cameras, desktop computers on which the VMS is running and the VMS itself. It is also good for end users and integrators to understand the basics of video compression. Having a basic understanding of compression allows users to tweak settings to reduce bandwidth usage even more. Many cameras come with default settings that can be changed to ultimately reduce costs. ONVIF physical security In the physical security industry, ONVIF is working to incorporate into its specifications the use of new formats such as H.265 but is not directly involved in developing the compression standards themselves. With Profile T, the new ONVIF video profile released will employ a new media service that is compression agnostic. This means that it can support new video compression formats, including H.265, as well as new audio compression formats, with the ability to include new video and audio codecs as needed in the future without having to redesign its media service. In the physical security industry, ONVIF is working to incorporate into its specifications the use of new formats such as H.265 Standardisation organisations that are directly addressing new compression standards include the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and a joint commission of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which is addressing the coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information. Other compression formats on par with H.264 and H.265 are being developed by companies such as Google. H.265 compression formats Using products that employ H.265 compression will reduce costs through bandwidth reduction, as will changing default settings on cameras, which are often conservative. Having a basic understanding of compression formats and how to tweak camera factory default settings also gives integrators the ability to further reduce bandwidth for added costs savings and increased system performance. These enhancements will analyse which parts of an image are most important and adjust local levels of compressions accordingly It is also worth noting that H.265 enhancements will likely be developed by camera manufacturers to further reduce bandwidth, as was the case with H.264. These enhancements will analyze which parts of an image are most important and adjust local levels of compressions accordingly. While H.265 itself is ready for prime time, its value as a tool for IP-based surveillance systems is dependent on support for the codec in all parts of the system – the VMS, server hardware, graphics cards and camera. Though widespread H.265 adoption is predicted, providers of these components are jumping on the H.265 bandwagon at different rates of speed. ONVIF is including support for H.265 in its new video profile, Profile T, because it believes it will become the most widely used compression format and ONVIF recognises the need to anticipate that migration as a future need of the industry. The new media service, which will be implemented with Profile T, will be future-proof in that when new compression formats are released in the future, ONVIF can adopt them very quickly. That flexibility will definitely help integrators.

HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade
HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade

According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analogue, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video quality have been forced to take on a complete system overhaul. Infrastructure overhaul for HD video To make the switch, customers would need to change everything, from cameras to hardware to wiring– not to mention the lengthy installation process that would ensue. IP cameras also require higher Internet speeds and more cloud space. Whether constrained by budget, bandwidth or storage, many end users have been unable to adopt this new video surveillance method.Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike. By utilising the current Coaxial cables, this offering yields high definition video, while requiring minimal infrastructure changes and is an optimal surveillance choice for security customers. Plus, with new advancements and updates being made frequently to this technology, there is a solution for every security need. The enhanced alternative of HD over Coax has been warmly welcomed in the security industry, thanks to its simple solutions and ever-evolving features. Many new analogue HD cameras are “plug and play,” able to connect directly to existing Coaxial cables. This eliminates the need for a complete system change, creating cost-savings for the end user and an enhanced video quality offering. Easy solutions for HD video As a result, integrators can cost-effectively upgrade their customer’s surveillance solution while using their legacy infrastructure, making it an attractive option for end users and an easy sell for dealers. Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems, where even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response HD over Coax cameras themselves are always expanding and evolving to meet a wide array of security needs. With the introduction of fisheye and multi-sensor cameras, users now have a multitude of coverage options, not to mention the introduction of 4K bringing resolution options to the same level as IP. Some newer technologies are even touting 4K cameras paired with 4K digital video recorders (DVRs) made specifically for analogue systems. Longer cables grant transmission for up to 1600 feet, double the distance of standard analogue solutions, and triple that of IP systems. This single cable is able to transmit both HD video and audio. Recently, broadcast quality audio over Coax has become available in limited models, a substantial improvement over older analogue technology, which was unable to transmit audio. Stopping video delay Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems. Even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response. IP cameras are forced to compress and packetise their video for transmission. The outcome of this is a reduced number of images per video, which in turn causes delay. HD over Coax on the other hand, delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity. Additionally, the point-to-point transmission delivers uncompressed video free of lag. Another touted benefit is that, unlike IP networked cameras, analogue systems provide a more secure video transmission. With so much sensitive information housed on a businesses’ network, adding another point of network access through an IP camera can create concerns for cyber security risks. HD over Coax delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity Preventing network hacking With HD over Coax, the physical connections between the camera and DVR prevent network hacking. By keeping the video surveillance system offline, security professionals are able to direct their attention to the physical threats at hand, rather than having to focus on deterring cyber security risks. One of the primary difficulties of deploying HD video solutions is the fact that many older systems utilise a wide variety of HD standards and platforms. To make matters more complicated, after HD over Coax was brought to market, manufacturers raced to create their own version of this technology. Today, the most popular proprietary standards are HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD. However, integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible.Integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible Diversifying surveillance through one DVR To combat these issues, manufacturers have introduced products with more flexibility to their portfolios. One example of this is the penta-brid DVR which grants the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple technologies deployed across one application. This means that systems with diverse camera brands and technologies, such as a mix of HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD, analogue or IP, can be connected through one DVR. For many end users with legacy analogue systems, penta-brid DVRs give them greater freedom to choose between a variety of solutions, rather than being limited to one option. With video resolution increasing, the space needed to store the footage is similarly rising. Penta-brid technology has been able to adapt to these evolving needs, giving users ample storage space to house the HD and 4K surveillance video with some of the newest models including H.265 compression.  HD casino surveillance made simple For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff While HD over Coax is beneficial to many end users and integrators, those in the casino and hospitality markets find it crucial. With a combination of high profile guests, large amounts of cash on hand, constant crowds and strict industry regulations, reliable video surveillance is a must. Deploying new IP systems comes at a stiff price. When looking to upgrade their video surveillance, casinos must also be mindful of the installation process. When moving to an IP-based system, ripping out old wires and replacing them with new is the standard practice. This practice can be both disruptive and costly, not to mention gaming regulations require casino activities be monitored at all times so a complete system shutdown would result in revenue loss. This cost can be hard to justify, especially when the current legacy analogue system remains in working condition with only the lower image resolution to date it. For these scenarios, the most cost-effective option is to leverage the legacy infrastructure, replace the existing cameras with new devices, and reap the benefits that HD video has to offer without any lapse in security. For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff. HD over Coax cameras now offer the same resolution as IP cameras with a plug and play approach, that cuts down on expense without sacrificing quality. For businesses and applications that are unable to adopt IP technology, whether it be cost or time prohibitive, HD over Coax now features most of the same benefits IP has to offer without breaking the bank. By providing clear images in real time, maximising existing infrastructure, and affording cyber security benefits, HD over Coax provides an attractive solution for many end users and integrators.

Video surveillance must modernise in storage, recording and on-demand access
Video surveillance must modernise in storage, recording and on-demand access

Dollars spent by video surveillance customers must go towards ensuring high-availability capture, storage and on-demand access to live and archived video. Reaching this goal mandates high-availability of independent components – camera, network, storage (edge, external), internet connectivity, display, all Video Management Software (VMS) components and an architecture that can take advantage of this. In this note, we focus on seeing our way through to a video surveillance architecture, that provides high availability storage, access to live and stored video content. Of all options available to store recorded video, edge recording is the only one that is unaffected by network failure Edge recording Of all options available to store recorded video, edge recording is the only one that is unaffected by network failure. This makes edge storage a must-have. But, this has some limitations at present: Edge storage capacity is limited. Edge media has a short lifetime, rated only for thousands of hours of continuous recording. Most cameras are not secure and physical damage to the camera could lead to catastrophic loss of edge stored content. As storage and compression technology evolve, the constraints imposed by (1) and (2) could go away. However, securing cameras will continue to be a barrier for most installations. Secure external storage It is thus imperative to also store video in secure external storage. Such an architecture uses edge storage to fill in content gaps created by network, external storage outages. As edge storage technology improves, larger gaps can be filled in, but one will always need external storage. By our definition, ‘external storage’ is a solution stack that includes storage media and all software (including VMS) that provide access to this storage. Access to live and archived video Access to live video can either be met by external storage or directly by the camera Every surveillance solution needs to provide access to live and archived video. Access to live video can either be met by external storage or (and) directly by the camera. All things being equal, having the camera directly provide live video access, is a higher-availability solution. There is dependence on fewer components in the chain. Solutions in the market use one of the above two approaches for access to live video. Due to limited capacity and low physical security of edge storage, it makes sense at present, to have external storage meet all requests for archive video. Thus, we are led to an architecture that has heavy dependence on external storage. Dual-recording For high-availability, external storage must be architected with redundancy. Ideally, independent components that make up external storage – storage media, associated hardware and software (including VMS components), should be individually redundant and have smart interconnectivity. However, solutions in the market rigidly tie these components together. Failure of a single component causes failure of external storage. For e.g. hardware failure of a server causes VMS component failure AND storage failure. DR provides a smart way to provide high-availability for external storage For these solutions in the market, high-availability is achieved by having additional external storage units that step-in during outages of primary units. If these additional units continuously duplicate primary units, access gaps are minimised, and archive access is un-affected during primary unit outages. This is the idea behind Dual-Recording (DR).  To meet cost budgets, these additional units can be configured to store subsampled (framerate, resolution) video content. A small number of additional units can support concurrent outages of all primary units. A few-to-many redundancy. Rising need for dual-recording Most cameras cannot be physically secured, and video content produced by a camera must be stored externally. Many VMS solutions use external storage to service live video access requests. Edge storage limitations impose restrictions on edge archive access at present. So, external storage is used to service requests for archive access too. Thus, a surveillance system ends up being over-dependent on external storage. DR provides a smart way to provide high-availability for external storage. As edge storage improves, it will be able to service archive access requests. VMS software will need to evolve, to use this capability smartly.

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Mayflex runs competition to increase customer base for its IP based electronic security products
Mayflex runs competition to increase customer base for its IP based electronic security products

Richard Parnell of Total Security Protection based in Watford won the competition Mayflex, the cabling infrastructure, networking and electronic security solutions distributor, ran a competition from 1st February to 30th April to encourage customers, particularly those new to IP Security from Mayflex, to place orders for their range of IP based electronic security products, with the winner receiving a 3D HD bundle. Mayflex is at the forefront of the distribution of innovative IP-based Electronic Security Solutions, with a focus on product performance and customer support. Mayflex offer an extensive portfolio from some of the best manufacturers in the industry including: ACTi, Agent Vi, Avigilon, AXIS, Bosch, Fluidmesh, Illuminar, LevelOne, Milestone, MOBOTIX, Overland, Panasonic, Paxton, QNAP, Raytec, Razberi, UTC and Veracity. The winner of the competition was Richard Parnell of Total Security Protection based in Watford. Commenting on the win Richard said ‘We started working with Mayflex back in 2012 and we have seen a significant increase in business in the last 6 months, particularly in IP Security. Our experience of working with Mayflex has been extremely positive and we’ve received great service and support so far which has helped us to deliver that same experience to our own customer base.’ Richard concluded ‘I’d be more than happy to recommend Mayflex, they’ve got a good range of products to choose from, a team of staff that know what they’re talking about, generally the products are in stock and when we order and we get the products delivered free of charge the next day.' Commenting on the promotion Gary Harmer, Mayflex Director of Sales for Electronic Security said ‘We are continually building our portfolio of IP Security products and the competition was a good way of helping to get that message across to a number of customers, particularly those that haven’t dealt with us on IP Security.’ Gary concluded ‘Together with our vendor partners we really are leading the way in IP Security and working with installers to provide a complete solution, offering them a choice of product and functionality to fit their specific budgets and operational requirements.’

MOBOTIX National Partner Conference announces new partners programmes, products, and longer term strategy
MOBOTIX National Partner Conference announces new partners programmes, products, and longer term strategy

Dan Eames & David Cawkell of SeSys Ltd. with Dr. Magnus Ekerot, Chief Sales Officer of MOBOTIX MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of its annual National Partner Conference which was the venue to announce new Partners Programmes, products and longer term strategy. Even within a tough economic climate, MOBOTIX recorded a strong second quarter with revenue growth of 17% for the fiscal year compared to the prior year. Boosted by strong growth and innovative new products, the event was opened by a keynote presentation from Chief Sales Officer, Dr. Magnus Ekerot. The CSO outlined a new Global Partner Programme that aims to help MOBOTIX channel partners to differentiate themselves and enable better delivery of solutions. Dr. Ekerot also talked about the strategy needed to deliver complete solutions and the support MOBOTIX will provide to partners to help sustain the strong growth achieved over the last year. In several technical breakout sessions, MOBOTIX provided details on the new hardware platform and upcoming Mobile Applications as part of new remote viewing and control solutions. Innovation has been a key driver with several new products entering service in 2012. These include the new S14 FlexMount, the world's first flexible double hemispheric camera and the Q24 Video Analytic Camera with integrated Automatic People Counting and HeatMap reporting. The NPC expo area also hosted stands from several technology partners including Wavestore, RayTEC, Remoteguard, Business Insight 3, Exus Technology, Overland Storage, Lancom and Sedi GmbH.  MOBOTIX also took the opportunity to award several notable attendees. The ‘Partner of the Year’ award was scooped by Clear Image MMS Ltd, a highly respected partner that has consistently exceeded targets over the last 12 months. The Alarming Company Ltd was awarded ‘Growth Strategy of the Year’, following a string of high value deals. David Collins from Bournville College accepted the award for ‘Prestige Project’ following his comprehensive presentation detailing the innovative use of MOBOTIX technology within a £66 million purpose built campus in Longbridge that kick-started a wider regeneration of the area. Highly regarded partner SeSys Ltd was awarded the ‘Solution Award’ for its use of MOBOTIX technology within its Torch Cam rapid deployment video system used extensively within the utilities and defence industry. "said Dan Eames, Technical Director for SeSys. Vaisala Ltd, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, was awarded a new “Fellowship Award” for its use of MOBOTIX technology across the globe within a range of innovative observation and measurement products and services for chosen weather-related and industrial market. Vaisala Ltd.'s Gerald Sharp with Dr.Magnus Ekerot Peter Harris, Sales & Marketing Manager for Voicepath added “The NPC event was a great opportunity for Voicepath to network with many MOBOTIX UK Partners, enabling us to forge both existing and new strategic relationships for the future, and in addition, with the exciting new product range that was released at the conference, we are confident that we have the most effective technology to help us develop our Security business for the future.” “The annual National Partner Conference is an opportunity for us to meet, educate and share with our partners and I would like thank all the participants that made it one of the best events to date,” explains Dominic Chapman, Business Development Manager for MOBOTIX UK & Ireland, “The inclusion of our technology partners and the technical tracks helped to create a high value event and the new Partner Programme, we feel, will help our channel to successfully address a wider market with our continued assistance.”

Mayflex unveils new version of its security product guide
Mayflex unveils new version of its security product guide

 Mayflex offers a true one-stop shop for anyone looking for a complete surveillance solutionVersion 2 of Mayflex's Security Product Guide is now available, highlighting products from the full range in Mayflex's security portfolio.In the last 6 months Mayflex has taken on board a range of new suppliers, such as Sanyo, QNAP, Netgenium and Grandstream, and the new guide highlights some of the key products from these vendors as well as those products more familiar.Mayflex's portfolio covers a broad spectrum of products, such as lighting solutions from Raytec, software from Milestone, storage from Overland, and transmission from UTC Fire & Security (formerly GE Security). This is in addition to the many camera manufacturers, like ACTi, MOBOTIX, Panasonic and Bosch.Mayflex also offers more than just security solutions and can provide networking and cabling infrastructure products, all of which are featured in the guide, offering a true one-stop shop for anyone looking for a complete surveillance solution.Tracey Calcutt, Marketing Manager at Mayflex, explains, "We have a large portfolio of products and the Security Product Guide has not be designed to be a complete catalogue but more a handy guide that highlights our offering and gives people a chance to see the range that we supply. We find a handy guide is much easier for people to have on their desk or take around with them. Full product details can be found very easily on our website, and we have a dedicated security sales team on hand to offer advice or provide further information."

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