Video Management Software (VMS)
Redundancy and high availability with Evidian SafeKit
What is video management
Video Management Software (VMS) collects and records camera video and provides an interface for operators to view live and recorded video.
Video management software increases life safety, reduces theft and improves security officers efficiency.
Why a VMS software
Video Management Software (VMS) records all criminal acts, from theft to murder, and provides a means to track criminals.
The safety of people is directly associated with the proper execution of the VMS software.
And that's why the system must always be available to security officers who must react immediately to the slightest incident.
Key players list
The key players in VMS are:
- Genetec (Canada)
- Milestone (Denmark)
- Hikvision (China)
- Dahua (China)
- Motorola (Avigilon) (Canada)
- Johnson Controls (Ireland)
- Tiandy (China)
- Eagle Eye Networks (US)
- ISS (US)
- Teledyne Flir (US)
Redundancy and high availability at the application level
In this type of solution, only application data are replicated. And only the application is restared in case of failure.
With this solution, restart scripts must be written to restart the application. This solution is platform agnostic and works with applications inside physical machines, virtual machines, in the Cloud. Any hypervisor is supported (VMware, Hyper-V...).
Redundancy and high availability at the virtual machine level
In this type of solution, the VMS software is put inside a virtual machine. The full Virtual Machine (VM) is replicated and restarted (Application + OS).
The advantage of this solution is that there is no restart scripts to write per application. This solution is generic for any VMS software. It works with Windows/Hyper-V and Linux/KVM but not with VMware. This is an active/active solution with several virtual machines replicated and restarted between two nodes.
Built-in Hyper-V replication
- Asynchronous replication => data loss
- Manual failover (no automatic failover)
- Not a high availability solution
Microsoft clustering (idem with VMware HA)
- Requires a shared disk
- Price of the shared disk and its installation (SAN, iSCSI)
- Configuration complexity of Windows failover cluster (AD…)
- Remote sites = replicated storage
Milestone has chosen SafeKit
SafeKit is deployed in 24+ countries with the video management software of Milestone.
SafeKit is validated by Milestone for redundancy and high availability of the management server.
SafeKit is the best solution because it is purely software, completely hardware-agnostic.
Solution preferred by Siemens
SafeKit is deployed by Siemens in Australia, France, the Netherlands, Qatar, Switzerland, the UAE, the UK, the US.
SafeKit recommended by Nedap
Nedap, a key player in physical access control, recommends SafeKit for redundancy and high availability of its AEOS application.
The Nedap/SafeKit solution is available with a free trial and a quick installation guide.
TIL Technologies has chosen SafeKit
Innovation award in Video Management Software
Readers of Benchmark Magazine (specialized in physical security systems for resellers & SI) have voted for SafeKit as an innovation in Video Management Software.
This award shows the importance of redundancy in security offerings.
SafeKit: an ideal solution for a partner
This platform agnostic solution is ideal for a partner reselling a critical application and who wants to provide a redundancy and high availability option easy to deploy to many customers.
With many references in many countries won by partners, SafeKit has proven to be the easiest solution to implement for redundancy and high availability of building management, video management, access control, SCADA software...