IP Server - Centralized

Video Insight supports distributed and centralized deployments. As an example, let's use a school district that has 25 campuses. Traditionally, this required each campus to have servers, requiring space, power, security, and air conditioning. With increases in bandwidth, switching, and better compression, it's now possible to move the servers to a central data center.

Benefits include:

  • Reduced capital investment
  • Increased camera count per server with up to 200 cameras per OS
  • Take advantage of virtualization and blade servers
  • Optimized storage
  • Reduced power and environmental requirements
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Robust Redundancy with Automated Failover
  • Leverage existing technology infrastructure, personnel and bandwidth

Centralization can also mean centralizing existing DVRs and NVRs into a single solution. For example, a high school might have 10 DVRs spread across the campus. Using solid-state video encoders, all the video can be sent to a single NVR.

Centralization can be very beneficial, but the following areas need to be addressed prior to deployment:

  • Will the network bandwidth support the IP camera traffic?
  • How redundant is the network?
  • Can we use SD cards for onboard storage?

Centralized References

  1. Denver Public Schools
    • 2,500 cameras
    • 155 campuses
    • Cisco USC Server with 500TB of EMC Storage
    • 30 Win 2008 OS on 4 blades
    • Decentralized Servers $1.5M, centralized $500,000
    • Added additional cameras with savings
  2. Klein ISD, Texas
    • 1,550 1.3MP Acti Cameras
    • 13 HP Servers
    • 120TB Storage
    • 50 Virtual OS on VMware 5
    • Centralized configuration
    • AD integration
    • Direct Attached Storage

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