Market Comparison: Video Surveillance Server and Storage Reliability, Performance & Efficiency in the ‘Real World’

Our recent blog on IT Storage vs. Video Surveillance Storage explained why traditional IT Network-Attached Storage (NAS) solutions should not be used in a video surveillance environment. In fact, Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions are far superior in addressing the precise needs of video surveillance recording and storage. This is why Rasilient has focused on developing SAN server and storage products that are purpose-built for video surveillance.


Developers and manufacturers can promise that the video surveillance equipment they provide is the most reliable and most efficient, but performance in the “real world” is the true test and what matters most. Rasilient routinely tests its video surveillance storage and server products in “real world” scenarios and compares performance and savings against market competitors. In a recent comparison simulating a 1,000-video surveillance camera project, Rasilient SAN solutions outperformed competing NAS solutions resulting in less power consumption and less server and storage rack space.


Storage Calculation Specifications
1,000-camera project – ONVIF camera with 3.2-bit rate on each camera
Milestone XProtect Corporate Video Management Software (VMS)
Any General IP camera without any special compression method
Recording resolution Full HD, 12 FPS
3.2-bit rate, 31-day retention


Rasilient Storage Area Network (SAN) Solution
2 Rasilient ApplianceStor AS85R Servers
6 Recording servers
1 Management server
1 Failover server
2 Storage arrays
1010 TB usable
Total of 12U rack space for server and 14U rack space for storage


Competitor Network Attached Storage (NAS) Solution
12 Recording servers
1 Management server
2 Failover servers
1 Modular core switch or 2 48 ports Layer 3 switches
11 Storage chassis
1010 TB usable
Total of 30U rack space for server and 44U rack space for storage


The Result
Rasilient’s storage and server solution in this real-world market comparison used 35 percent less power, 86 percent less server rack space and 68 percent less storage rack space. This illustrates how Rasilient’s solution is not only superior in performance but is also cost efficient.


Additionally, with Rasilient’s self-healing technologies and purpose-built video surveillance products, there are additional OPEX (operating expense) savings. Transient failures are eliminated saving an average of $200 per technician trip!


Rasilient’s SAN video surveillance storage solutions require less hardware, take up less space, are more cost effective and are a better option for scalability than competing IT-based products. Simply put, NAS is not a natural environment for video surveillance storage. Rasilient’s SAN solutions not only operate more efficiently, they address the specific needs of video surveillance storage such as write focus, large blocks for video streams, VMS integration, frame drop and much more.