Long Term IP Video Archiving Options

Hi

Back in the old CCTV days and even with DVR long term archiving was a rather simple if cumbersome affair: You took the tapes, tag them and put them in a vault. You needed something that happened two years earlier you went to the (dusty) vault, found the tape and played it back (if the tape substrate had not crumbled to dust). With a DVR you could simply back up the HDD and be done or even remove the HDD entirely, tag it and be done in many cases….

How do we (reliably) archive and most importantly retrieve our precious, information-laden IP cameras video feed? The answer seems obvious: larger storage space … The cost of keeping 200 cameras for 3 years in HD at say 10 fps is not trivial. My question. How do we archive and retrieve our IP cameras wonderful images and keep our VMS features? Time stamps , etc … Your thoughts, comments, current strategies will be much appreciated … Not that cost is not an issue, we would like to have an idea of current practices and will decide on what seem most appropriate for our needs and budget. We believe we are not alone in researching this.

FWIW , I like what Veracity is doing with the Coldstore. Price of HDD is low enough (1 TB for enterprise –grade HDD is circa $100) that it could be worth being able to just tag the HDDs, store it and be able to play it whenever … They seem to be the only one doing so but are extremely limited in the VMS they support a serious limitation.

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