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Wavestore launches PetaBlok high-density storage solution for surveillance images

by Brian Sims

Being able to store up to 2.04 PB of storage per high density unit is impressive enough, but when coupled with Wavestore’s HyperRAID redundancy and EcoStore hard drive energy saving technology, PetaBlok can lay claim to being the world’s most efficient and robust video management and storage solution for applications which generate extremely large amounts of data.

Pre-installed with Wavestore’s Video Management Software (VMS), PetaBlok is designed to provide a simple to implement and cost-effective solution for the increasing number of video surveillance projects which require multi-megapixel images captured by high numbers of cameras to be stored over long periods of time, with “lightning fast” search and video recall.

“PetaBlok is ideal for projects such as those in the Middle East, where it’s commonplace to store recorded video for up to 120 days due to legal compliance,” said Julian Inman, head of product management for Wavestore. “However, it will also offer a highly effective option around the world for large-scale applications such as airports and ports, city surveillance, the utilities and other mission-critical sites where long retention times, or the recording of many storage-hungry, high resolution cameras is required. These may be located across multiple sites and yet all controlled and managed from a central Control Room. Up to 255 PetaBloks can be grouped together to provide a massive 520.2 PBs of storage potential and, with Wavestore’s VMS on-board, this truly offers a complete video management solution for projects of any size. Furthermore, system designers can mix-and-match PetaBlok with other Wavestore NVRs and HVRs across an end user’s entire estate to create the perfect seamless solution.”

Flexible storage

PetaBlok is available in various sizes from 48 HDD bays (480 TB) taking up 8U of space through to 204 HDD bays (2.04 PB) accommodated within 16U. This enables each PetaBlok to store images captured by over 235 4K resolution cameras in real-time for 120 days. The ability to offer flexible storage options, which can be expanded as the overall system grows, is enhanced by the option to add fail-over in order to provide the ultimate in system robustness and reliability, while also negating any single point of failure.

HyperRAID compatibility

The resilience offered by Wavestore’s proprietary HyperRAID technology suite means that the risk of data loss due to hard drive failure can be reduced to almost zero. By taking the redundancy offered by conventional RAID solutions to a higher level, HyperRAID delivers peace of mind for applications where the safe storage of data and video evidence is crucial.

Wavestore’s HyperRAID architecture performs much faster than traditional RAID methods and provides up to N+2 redundancy (RAID 5 or RAID 6), or with ‘HyperRAID Plus’ up to an industry-leading N+5 redundancy.

EcoStore energy saving technology

Wavestore’s innovative EcoStore technology is able to significantly increase the sustainability of a video surveillance solution as it facilitates the spin-down of hard drives which are not in a read/write state.

EcoStore can save over 80% of the overall hard drive energy normally required for a storage solution, as well as offering savings in associated costs, such as reductions in air conditioning and wear-and-tear on disks from always being powered on and spinning. It works by sequentially writing to ‘groups’ of drives, which could be a single drive, multiple drives or multiple HyperRAID arrays up to N+5. Once each group is filled up, the next group is ready to take over recording and the first group is spun-down.

The archived video from a spun-down group can be viewed extremely quickly thanks to the index of where that video and metadata is stored and always available in the spun-up group. This provides a seamless operator experience when reviewing footage via the WaveView and WaveView Mobile client software, regardless of where that footage happens to be stored.

Each PetaBlok is available with the following high-density storage options:

*48 Bay – 8U – Up to 480 TB storage

*84 Bay – 8U – Up to 840 TB storage

*108 Bay – 12U – Up to 1.08 PB storage

*144 Bay – 12U – Up to 1.44 PB storage

*168 Bay – 16U – Up to 1.68 PB storage

*204 Bay – 16U – Up to 2.04 PB storage

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