ESG's Tony Palmer discusses the results of ESG Lab's recent testing of Hitachi Video Management Platform, with a focus on enterprise video surveillance as part of an overall security strategy.
Hi, and welcome to another ESG Lab Video summary. I'll be reviewing the results from our testing of the Hitachi Video Management Platform, with a focus on enterprise video surveillance as part of an overall security strategy. Factors driving the convergence of physical IT security include the evolution of cameras from coax-connected devices feeding DVRs, to ethernet-connected devices feeding IT-managed server repositories. One in four organizations surveyed by ESG cited video surveillance as one of the applications most responsible for storage growth.
Although video surveillance has traditionally been a task handled by facilities or physical security groups, IT departments are increasingly involved as these implementations continue to evolve from analog to IP-based digital solutions. In addition, the storage, management, and retrieval needs of video data differ from traditional data, and solutions should be built specifically for video to perform optimally and reduce the risk of data loss or degradation.
The Hitachi Video Management Platform is specifically designed to address the complexities of storing and retrieving video data, while supporting analytics and other applications. It's built on Hitachi's compute and storage platforms, and integrates either Cisco or Brocade networking, with VMware vSphere providing virtualization and management services. Testing was performed on a Hitachi VMP 500 configured to support up to 1,000 cameras. Emulated cameras generated video streams, which were fed into Video Management System instances. The goal was to emulate a typical enterprise video surveillance environment, as seen here.
As the load was scaled from 150 cameras to 450, and then all the way to 1,000, system utilization remained quite low, proving that the Hitachi VMP can scale from dozens to thousands of cameras with plenty of overhead available for analytics or other applications. The 1,000-camera test was run continuously for 21 hours, and performance was remarkably consistent throughout.
Why do these results matter? Hitachi is invested heavily the converged infrastructure features and functionality integrated into VMP to ensure maximum utilization by balancing load across the infrastructure. Using Video Management Platform, organizations can leverage video as part of a comprehensive security analytics strategy, with potential benefits far beyond what traditional physical video surveillance can offer. ESG Lab validated that VMP's converged architecture provides an ideal foundation to independently and flexibly scale storage and compute resources to meet performance and capacity requirements.
As video surveillance deployments grow and integrate with traditional digital security platforms, ESG Lab recommends checking out the Hitachi Video Management Platform, a solution built to address the unique needs of video data, to ensure the safety of your people, your property, and your information.