IPVMU Certified | 09/23/14 03:57am
I believe they are delivering virtualized/remote desktops to various devices using VMWare Horizon. The server(s) that centralize and deliver the desktops provide the horsepower...
IPVMU Certified | 09/24/14 12:40pm
RDP is a very lightweight impelementation of virtual desktops that Microsoft licensed from Citrix a long time ago I think. Full blown implementations tend to work better with more efficient, proprietary compression. However, I still can't see it being the same resolution and framerate as a think client. Something has to give. Either way, it will cost more money- neither VMWare nor virtualization servers are cheap, so you have to weigh those costs against what it might save you.
This would allow you to leverage existing IT infastructure. A lot of large enterprises already have virtual computing. In places that are geared to virtual, IT would probably prefer to have a generic thin client playing video than a specialized high powered PC.
I don't understand how it all works but VMWare can work magic and do all the high powered processing server side and allow the client machine to be pretty vanilla.
There probably is "loss" in video quatily but it can't be percieved.
I have seen this done in graphic heavy software applications but not in surveillance and the expeirance is just as good or better than any PC I have seen.
Virtual solutions are out of reach for most video surveilance applications but if you have a large system that needs maximum flexibility and power it is certainly more managable than traditional setups. I would say this release is aimed at IT. It gives companies that currently have or need virtual computing options for dealing with video surveillance.
Feedback from Pivot3 CTO:
On the technical side, he noted that this was an implementation of VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) and that what they were doing, for VMSes, was ingesting H.264 streams and transcoding to PC-over-IP.
To that end, he emphasized benefits of simplify PC / workstation management, better security (in terms of blocking downloads of video) and improved ability to run in harsh environments by using thin clients like the Dell Wyse series, see video:
As for video processing, he said the savings would come in scenarios where multiple full stream videos were being displayed simultaneously on a monitor. In other words, where the resolution of all the streams were higher than the monitor. Pivot3 acknowledged that if multistreaming was being used, that their might not be any client side video processing savings and PC-over-IP might take a little more bandwidth than H.264.