If I understand you correctly, it should not be any problem. Most open platform VMSes are made to run on any (Windows based) COTS machine.
I am a little confused about why it would cost "$250K to replace" the existing servers. Even if you needed 10 servers, how would that add up to $250k? Also, if you are switching from MJPEG to a smart codec, the bandwidth savings are likely to be so large, you might want to consider sending video back to a central location and reducing servers used. Any thoughts on that?
Pro Focus LLC | 03/04/16 05:49pm
When you can get a Dell R530, load it with 4TB drives, throw on an OS and VMS for well under $10k, I have no idea how someone can justify a $250k server budget.
Granted, we don't sell Genetec, but I can't imagine needing 10 local servers, plus the remote farm. We sell DW Spectrum and this scenario would probably call for a max of 5 servers (one per building). Even that is quite overkill. You could likely do it with two, maybe three if redundancy is needed.
With Spectrum, you can distribute servers anywhere and they all tie into one system. You can have any given camera record to any given server by default. Spectrum also allows for automatic rollover on server failure.
I have no idea what other features you need from your VMS, so this may all be for naught.