Milestone Recording Server - Milestone Recommended DELL Vs DIY Server

Hi Everyone. Could I solicit opinions and input relating to the Recording Server hardware requirements for a 30-IPcam (4mp or 5mp) Milestone VMS system. This is a 'simple' application in a retail environment with no corporate or high end requirements.

Milestone are recommending their 'best practice' DELL Intel Xeon E5-2620 @ $US6500. We believe this is a "CMA" overkill.

We believe we can do the same job with an Intel i7 (5960 or thereabouts) with a 500Gb SSD (drive or PCI slot) as the base recording server storage and the traditional 16TB archive storage. Milestone is (understandably) reluctant to endorse this.

We have previously built our own Recording Servers with an i7 CPU and a Samsung 500Gb SSD (to grab the realtime video streams) which has run now for around 24 months at about 12% CPU utilization @ 12fps. OK - if we wind the cams to 30fps, then the CPU starts to top out at 100%, but who needs 30fps anyway. We are happy with 12fps and 12% CPU utilization.

Is Milestone pushing their agenda with DELL sales?

What is you experience in installing Milestone VMS on 'DIY' servers?

Are there justifiable reasons why one should buckle under and install the DELL?

What Server spec. would you consider adequate if you had to build one (or have one built) for 30x5mp IP cams @ 12fps?

In some ways one feels a bit 'intimidated' by the sales and tech talk from Milestone and how it is BEST to stick with what they recommend.

We just want to be sure that our thinking is correct.

We know there may be a number of variables to consider, but we just want a ball-park opinion here.

Thanks in advance!

Lewis

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