Veracity Coldstore Review

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My company has utilized Veracity Coldstores for about 4 years at a large public event space exclusively for archiving security camera footage for around 300 cameras.  These storage devices are specialized, less expensive than standard enterprise storage and extremely durable.  Part of their design allows them to shut down hard drives that are not in use, greatly extending their lifetimes.  We actually haven’t had a single drive fail in my tenure.

Our first products in 2012 were the dark blue Arcus 4U models.  We loaded them up with 15 Purple WD 4TB drives that are made specifically for surveillance per Veracity’s recommendation.  Using a centralized security camera management software (Genetec Security Desk) we use a local Windows drive for dumping the video footage temporarily.  Veracity’s Video Mover app continuously scans the drive and picks up files to move over to its own storage.  At about 50 cameras per Windows server, with 6 servers sharing 3 Coldstores on 4gb fibre it keeps up with the load just fine.  Our cameras are on continuous record so there’s never any downtime.

We’ve also used them in conjunction with Avigilon camera software, but only as an extended archive.  Avigilon uses local storage as a best practice, and when we tried backing up footage from an Avigilon VM to any other drive, we lose most of the advanced browsing/zooming functionality so our security department asked for it to be kept locally.  We ended up doing backups of footage older than 30 days to the Coldstores with Video Mover and it works great in that capacity.

We are currently setting up a new facility of a similar size with their new Coldstore 3U devices and 6TB purple drives.  They look sharp with a brushed aluminum finish and smaller size.  We received service above and beyond the line of duty from Veracity as we needed to get the cameras going before the datacenter was completed.  Their installers were required to undergo security training and work in dusty and dangerous conditions but still managed to get our Coldstores racked and stacked ahead of schedule.  Great company to work with and their product works so well you never have to think about it.

 

 

 

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Author: Crystal Marks

Crystal Marks is a professional Enterprise Systems Engineer in DFW. She holds VCP6-DCV, MCSA, and Network + certifications and regularly attends tech conferences in the United States. In her 15 years as a woman in tech she has worked to break down barriers and enable women to learn and enter technical fields by setting a strong example. Companies that she has worked for include Dell, Abn Amro, Stream International, Transplace, and Heartland. Her current position is at an entertainment powerhouse that is family-operated and sets the bar for charity work, volunteering, and generosity to the community.

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