Iomega Shows Low-cost Video Surveillance Systems

By Stuart J. Johnston

Iomega this week is showing its StorCenter network attached storage (NAS) devices and Axis Communications' Axis Video Hosting System (AVHS) for video surveillance solutions for small and mid-sized businesses and distributed enterprises.

Iomega is a wholly owned subsidiary of storage giant EMC (NYSE: EMC).

Iomega is also fielding a StorCenter rackmount model with the embedded AVHS client that can provide significantly more storage than desktop models, according to a company statement.

The integrated StorCenter packages which include embedded AVHS video surveillance capabilities were first introduced last spring.

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, Iomega says. Additionally, by using the affordable Axis network cameras, switches, and other components, Iomega aims to keep the cost to deploy and operate video surveillance tracking and storage within the realm of what smaller businesses can afford.

"Customers operating limited surveillance assets are no longer confined to using analog technology because of cost. They now have the option to reap all the benefits of cost-effective IP surveillance at an attractive price," Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega, said.

Using the integrated AVHS client lets customers store video files locally at megapixel resolution and high frame rates, while concurrently streaming or batch uploading the data to a secure off-site storage location, the statement said.

The packages start with dual or quad drive desktop appliances that can hold up to 6 TB or 12 TB of storage, respectively. A six-drive model, in contrast, can hold up to 18 TB, while the rackmount unit can hold some 38 TB.

The rackmount models can be configured with up to 4 or 12 drives.

The desktop models without drives start as low as $250 to $800. Units can be configured without disks, partially populated or fully populated, the company's statement said.

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 September 20, 2011