Cloud-Ready Video Recording Solutions With Harmonize Bridge

Video surveillance is crucial in ensuring optimal safety and security by deterring and documenting illicit behavior. Today, many businesses are switching to cloud data archive solutions to improve video management, accessibility and safety.

At BCD, we offer Harmonize Bridge on all of our systems, a powerful cloud integration platform providing users with hybrid cloud recording and storage capabilities.

What is Hybrid Cloud Video Storage?

Hybrid cloud video storage is a means of securely storing surveillance footage on-premises while archiving long-term storage in the cloud. Unlike traditional closed-circuit television (CCTV) security systems, video archive solutions give organizations a simpler means of scaling storage without limitations from on-site video recorders. By transferring footage into the cloud, these long-term data storage solutions help companies enhance security, reduce IT costs, minimize losses and streamline application management by leveraging physical security combined with centralized data storage.

Private cloud video storage deployments allow users to access their surveillance videos without physical equipment. Because of their remote servers, you can obtain footage from your cameras anytime, anywhere. This feature sets cloud data integrations apart from digital video recorders (DVRs) and network video recorders (NVRs), as these technologies typically require individuals to go to their surveillance locations to physically view the footage.

Trusted Cloud-Ready Video Appliances

Harmonize Bridge, powered by Tiger Surveillance, allows users to store data on-premises as well as in private and public cloud platforms, all while maintaining legacy applications and workflows. Harmonize Bridge is a smart and highly cost-effective option for deployments that intend to expand their systems’ size.

Key Benefits of Our Hybrid Cloud Storage Integrations

  • Store, protect and manage your sensitive data on-premises, as well as in private and public clouds.
  • Choose your preferred cloud provider.
  • Seamlessly manage cloud storage and services, all while maintaining legacy applications and workflows.
  • Integrators can continue to provide on-site hardware with the new, added capacity of cloud storage products in order to give end-users more immediacy and flexibility than ever before.

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Key Features

Harmonize Bridge

Optimized for Speed and Low Latencies

Harmonize Bridge is a file system level connector that monitors every file system operation. As such, it never needs to crawl the file system for detecting changes. In addition, it is highly optimized for high-performance applications, with finely tuned multi-threading to ensure minimal latency and fastest updates.

Scale With Ease

Harmonize Bridge is ready to scale whether more cameras need to be recorded, video retention requirements increase or if the number of project sites expand.

Run Your Existing Applications

VMS providers such as Genetec or Milestone, are optimized to write to a local NTFS file system. By presenting cloud storage as an extension to the local NTFS file system – as opposed to an external SMB share — Harmonize Bridge enables your applications to interact with cloud storage in a completely transparent way.

Don’t Lose Data

Harmonize Bridge allows camera servers to write video feeds to a local drive before it gets replicated to the cloud. This buffer ensures that all data gets recorded prior to being encrypted and transferred to the cloud.

Leverage the Processing Power of the Cloud

Unlike other popular gateway solutions that transfer blocks of data to the cloud, Harmonize Bridge only transfers files. This ensures the same file and folder structure are accessible from within the cloud as well as your local server.

As Secure as it Gets

Because they present themselves as a SMB share, many cloud storage gateway technologies are vulnerable to network intrusions. Harmonize Bridge runs directly from your server’s memory and https encryption takes place before any critical data leaves your network.

Disaster Recovery

Add another layer of data protection

The Harmonize Bridge Disaster Recovery feature allows users to instantly detect a failure of the live or archive recording location with the Disaster Recovery Wizard. When failure is detected, the failed server can be easily replaced with a standby recording server.

Advantages include:

  • No third-party application is required
  • Preserves data in native formats
  • Guards against ransomware attacks
  • Supports VM backups
  • Provides maximum availability & data redundancy
  • Shortens RPO & RTO to just minutes

Cloud Storage Providers Compatible With Harmonize Bridge

All storage providers listed below have demonstrated high performance with surveillance, file servers and general IT workflows. Harmonize Bridge also works with all known Cloud Object Storage vendors plus on-premises object storage as well, such as Cloudian, Dell, Scality, Seagate, and more.

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Hot only, low egress fees


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Hot only, no egress or API request fees

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Hot only, no egress or API request fees

How to Accurately Estimate Required Bandwidth

​The single best way to accurately estimate the necessary bandwidth is to know the amount of data generated in a 24-hour period for each recording server. There are many variables including: cameras frame rate, camera resolution, codec, codec quality, motion detection, % of time recording per day, etc. to consider as well.

Contact us and we can create the optimal solution for your current or future video surveillance project.

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Wasabi: Hybrid Cloud Storage for Video Surveillance

Wasabi hot cloud storage coupled with BCD’s Harmonize Bridge is available on all BCD appliances. Whether you have one camera that requires extended recording or 100, we can size a cloud container that fits your budget and needs.

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Invest in Scalable Video Archive Storage Solutions at BCD

For hybrid cloud video data storage solutions, choose BCD. We are proud to serve as the most trusted source for purpose-built IP video storage solutions for security integrators.

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