LenovoEMC has customized some of its popular NAS appliances with video surveillance software from Milestone for the channel.
By James E. Gaskin
August 16, 2013
Surveillance may be a dirty word lately thanks to the NSA, but business owners want and need video surveillance to monitor their assets. Analysts predict this market, energized by the move to digital equipment, to generate more than $25 billion worldwide in 2016. And to help IT resellers move into this market, LenovoEMC has customized some of its popular NAS appliances with video surveillance software from Milestone, the leading vendor in the market.
LenovoEMC, the partnership mashed together from what used to be Iomega (EMC bought it in 2008) and Lenovo, just released its first desktop NVR (Network Video Recorder) appliances from the PX NVR series. Based on the px2-300d 4TB and 8TB NAS appliances, these units include special Arcus software from Milestone, the Danish company founded in 1998 and market leader in IP video management software.
Analog (VHS tape units) surveillance is giving way to digital systems with hard disks and IP-connected cameras, and LenovoEMC wants to make it possible for IT resellers to jump into this market. Their big advantage? The new NVRs include a PCIe slot to attach a card to connect up to 16 analog video cameras to their new digital system. This allows companies to upgrade their recorders in one budget cycle and replace analog cameras with IP versions over time.
Setup, Then Setup Again
The evaluation px2-300d NVR 4TB unit from LenovoEMC was the two-drive model with dual 2TB hard drives mirrored with RAID 1. Officially called a 4TB unit, open space after the operating system and software was 1.8TB. But that’s plenty with intelligent video surveillance triggered by motion, which this offers. The drives are hot-swappable, and the NAS part of this appliance is the same high quality unit Iomega has sold for years. Extras include a VGA output port and a PCIe slot to support up to 16 analog camera connections with an optional adapter.
LenovoEMC provided two IP cameras, both Axis M1031-W wireless network cameras, the camera in the middle of this photo (Box-Cameras.jpg). Axis IP cameras are popular in surveillance, and LenovoEMC supports multiple models from Axis as well as cameras from Bosch, Sony, Pelco, ACTi, Panasonic, Hikvision, Brickcom, and more.