In-depth

Custom Built Isnt Always Better

The general public has direct access to computer hardware and consumer electronic parts thanks to online retailers such as Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect. Because of this easy access, it’s possible for anyone to purchase the components needed to custom-build their own storage server. Custom building a storage server only requires a few components – the […]

Network Resiliency at the Hardware Level

While looking into multiple Video Management Systems (VMS), it reveals many options provide sustained operational status. Primary, secondary, and failover databases, redundant recording locations, as well as service failover helps to provide continuous uptime. The demand for high availability in physical security systems requires a highly available network to provide the highway so that video […]

Shortest Path Bridging for Video Surveillance

When deploying a network optimized for video surveillance, it is critical to consider the overall availability and performance of the network. With more deployments requiring always-on video, networks need to be designed to support the video data it needs to carry. There are a wide variety of options to provide a highly available network, but […]

Segmenting a Network for Video Surveillance

Designing an IP video surveillance network can be a complex task, with many issues that can occur when the network backbone supporting it is not built correctly. Performance and functionality of the system are often at the forefront of networking problems observed in the video surveillance industry, frequently relating back to the network architecture used. […]

Video Surveillance Networks and High Availability

In the video surveillance space, highly available solutions have become the new standard for any form of mission-critical deployment. It is now commonplace to see even mid-level solutions use features that use to be only for high-end hardware, including RAID 5/6 disk protection, redundant power, and the use of local and remote failover servers. What […]

Multicast and Unicast Networking in Video Surveillance

When looking to deploy an IP video surveillance optimized network, one of the critical aspects of the infrastructure to consider is a unicast or multicast-capable network. Unicast and multicast networks each have their use cases within the video surveillance industry and should be understood and considered when deploying a network. Unicast networking is straightforward and […]