Over the past few years, physical security is undergoing a transformation. Typical proprietary video servers are being replaced by newer video servers that offer redundancy, open-standard compatibility, and high performance. Video images are digital, video servers are networked, and cameras are powered via Ethernet (POE), causing a shift from analog to network based video surveillance. With this new move to centralizing over the network, security managers have the opportunity to take advantage of advanced features previously available only in the datacenter: redundancy, high availability and data protection. As surveillance goes digital, and video footage is critical for compliance, safety or asset protection, it is important to make sure each component of your security system is failsafe.
Utilizing your existing IP network infrastructure lowers deployment costs and management overhead, since resources are centralized, and can be shared across the network. Your IP network infrastructure enables convergence of widely distributed systems onto a common IP network for easy access from anywhere on the network. In order to build an efficient security infrastructure, it makes sense to take leverage innovations in workstations, video servers, and storage to increase system performance. Using IP based technologies allow organizations to: