Pro Technology moves to make surveillance storage cheaper

Integrated system allows users to store surveillance files on standard HDDs, tape libraries to cut cost

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Pro Technology moves to make surveillance storage cheaper Customers were locked in to expensive proprietary systems, prompting Pro Technology to develop an open standards based alternative for IP surveillance storage, says Maraqa. (Sevag Davidian/ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 17, 2012

Systems integrator Pro Technology has introduced a new system to help companies reduce the cost of storing IP-based surveillance footage.

The company says that with the growing demand for IP surveillance, it has had an increasing number of enquiries both from end users and vendors of surveillance systems for storage systems that are suited to meeting the high volume, high reliability requirements to store surveillance.

Jamal Maraqa, managing director of Pro Technology, said that the company found that many companies had bought storage as part of their original surveillance solutions, but now customers discovered themselves locked in to proprietary systems with expensive storage upgrades.

In order to meet demand for more flexible storage operations, Pro Technology has developed an integrated hardware and software solution, which will allow companies to use open standard HDD for storage with existing IP surveillance systems, as well as to use tape libraries managed by smart software systems.

"We started integrating a hardware and software solution, and we have managed to come up with an integrated solution, which is based on open standards. The customer can add more storage from any vendor, we can do the migration for them. This is a great value for any customer, and even for resellers who are selling those systems," said Maraqa.

"We enabled them also to have a transparent transition between disc and tape, and other removable storage devices, which also make the investment much lower, with the same performance," he added.

The system utilizes storage systems from Nexsan and tape library from Qualstar, along with a virtual tape library application from Qstar and software for migration of data between different formats and devices from Datacore. Users are able to configure systems so data is tiered to different types of storage depending on its importance.

Maraqa said that typically IP surveillance requires a large volume of storage capacity, in a highly secure and reliable form, while access times are not as important. As most surveillance files are only required to be kept for three to six months, depending on compliance regulations, the life of the tape is not an issue, and tape provides a much more affordable option for storage.

The company is now targeting the solution at users in various sectors, including government, education and healthcare, and is also working with end users and resellers to help deliver more intelligent IP surveillance storage solutions.

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