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Cisco introduces vide surveillance

 video surveillance software Cisco has announced the introduction of virtualized video surveillance software that will be used on its Unified Computing System platform for government or enterprise operated video deployments.

The new software is packaged in different ways to appeal both to large data center deployments as well as simpler branch office establishments. On a large setting, it can support several video cameras, hundreds of thousands, especially for urban surveillance as well as protection in healthcare, energy sectors and campus environments.

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For a start, Cisco is availing a simpler virtualization ready Video Surveillance Manager for UCS Express which is based on the Video Surveillance Software v.6.3.2, particularly intended for branch offices.  It will be able to support up to a maximum of 32 cameras at 1Mbps bit-stream rate, or seven cameras at 4Mbps, or 15 cameras at 2Mbps-so says Cisco. The Express Software starts at $2,500 and needs vMware vSphere 5.0 or higher with ESxi or ESX.

Cisco is planning to roll out the Virtualized CVS for UCS by this summer, all in modular package that is primarily targeted for data centers with management capacity that can accommodate hundreds of thousands of cameras. The Cisco video surveillance software is reportedly capable of supporting Cisco surveillance cameras as well as several other brands including Sony.

Also available will be storage options from NetApp and EMC as well as Cisco Physical Security Storage series. All these will be available for use alongside virtualized video surveillance because it is extended out to what Cisco terms as its C-Series and USC B-Series platforms. According to Cisco, this new bold step into virtualization and video surveillance technologies will eventually enable Cisco to get into cloud-based solutions as early as 2013. The Video Surveillance software is running on the VMware environment at the moment. However, it is also expected to support Hyper-V by Microsoft as well as open-source Xen.

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