Iomega NAS to Support Affordable Video Surveillance

By Stuart J. Johnston

In a move meant to make video surveillance more available to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB), Iomega said this week it is shipping new storage packages that can be used to integrate Axis Communications' Axis Video Hosting System (AVHS) with its StorCenter network attached storage (NAS) products.

Among the benefits that Iomega claims for the new systems is the ability to avoid using expensive digital video recorders on the network -- instead being able to use Axis' network cameras.

"Now, SMBs will be able to use Iomega's new NAS devices with the embedded AVHS software and Axis cameras to record HD video and store locally onsite while also streaming the same files to a secure off-site storage location," Iomega said in a statement.

Storage giant EMC (NYSE: EMC) bought out PC industry storage pioneer Iomega nearly three years ago.

"Eliminating the need for expensive and complex DVRs, as well as reducing the necessity of elaborate onsite infrastructure for low camera count deployments, gives our mutual customers a more secure, highly available and cost-effective solution for their video surveillance needs," Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega, said in the statement.

The joint platform was designed for quick deployments using 10 or fewer cameras per site in organizations that have multiple sites -- such as, for instance, business franchises and bank branches.

For its part, Axis Communications offers a broad variety of network cameras, video encoders, and video management software. Axis designed its AVHS as a platform for video surveillance hosting and monitoring services for any user with an Internet connection, according to Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of Axis Communications.

"By working together with reputable storage and IT security partners such as EMC's Iomega, we can deliver IP-based video systems to these end-users, which provides much more flexibility, superior image quality and local intelligence with easy-to-install products," Nilsson said.

The AVHS client is available with Iomega's double-drive desktop StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition NAS unit, which can be configured with as much as 6 TB of storage capacity. It is also available with Iomega's new quad-drive desktop Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d Cloud Edition, which will hold up to 12 TB of storage.

Additionally, during the second half of the year, Iomega plans to offer the AVHS client with its rack mount StorCenter units that can support up to 24 TB of storage.

Iomega's StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition NAS starts at less than $250, Iomega said. Meanwhile, the StorCenter ix4-200d Cloud Edition NAS starts at under $800.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on April 07, 2011