Veracity Coldstore Arcus

By Ethan Ace, Published Apr 24, 2013, 08:00pm EDT (Info+)

What if Milestone's new VMS platform, Arcus, could target large scale applications? Not just the 4 or 8 camera deployments typical considered analog 'holdouts' but hundreds of camera deployment that are the historical heart of IP video applications. We are going to find out as Veracity has announced an embedded Arcus version [link no longer available] of their Coldstore platform, designed to handle large camera counts. In this note, we look at the details of this appliance, how it compares to other Milestone options, and Arcus partners.

Overview

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Competitive **********

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Versus ***** ********* ****

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Potential ******

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Comments (5)

[NOTE: Poster is from Veracity, the manufacturer being reviewed.]

Thank you, Ethan. Note that Arcus is specifically designed for simplicity and you are correct in your description of that simplicity. With that said please note that the design of Milestone Interconnect (including pricing, which is yet to be released but I am confident that an Arcus license with an Interconnect license will still be much less than a Milestone Corporate license) allows you to add complexity on a per-channel basis. It also means that the server one would have to purchase for Milestone Corporate would be a far less expensive machine since it would not need to manage recording.

FYI, we are preparing a review on Milestone Interconnect and verifying some details with Milestone directly. We'll cross reference that post when it's available, hopefully in the next week.

Thank you, John.

Coldstore has a performance of 320 Gbps of throughput, does this also includes retrival of video? If it does then having a 100 cameras load of recording seems to leave no bandwidth for viewing live or recorded video.

David, COLDSTORE currently does 320 Mbps (you wrote Gbps) and this is in fact total throughput, in and out. 100 cameras might eat the whole load of available bandwidth but this would depend on the throughput of each camera. If they are all running at 1 Mbps then you'd be fine; if they were all at 10 you would not! In this regard COLDSTORE Arcus is similar to any VMS server; the load of the server and what the server can handle is largely based on the total throughput of the cameras.

COLDSTORE Arcus, like our regular COLDSTORE, also has a channel limit of 128. This can be thought of as 68 cameras with one channel for recording and one channel for retrieving, or 100 cameras recording and 28 channels for retrieval, etc. You still have to keep an eye on bandwidth as per the first paragraph above, of course. This channel max is due to the Sequential Filing System, where each camera is recorded on one channel.

Hope that helps!

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