Specialised surveillance storage for 24×7 HD security systems – WD Purple drives from DCC

Surveillance is a vital component of any modern security system, but using the wrong hard drive for CCTV video recording can have disastrous consequences.

April 2, 2014

Surveillance is a vital component of any modern security system, but using the wrong hard drive for CCTV video recording can have disastrous consequences. From skipped frames to missed recordings and even failed hard drives, having the wrong drive for the job means that when the time comes to review and playback footage, vital evidence may have been lost. Luckily, choosing the right hard drive for video surveillance is easier than ever with the latest offering from WD, the WD Purple drives, known as WD Purple, available now from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC).

“Standard desktop hard drives are designed to operate in short intervals in a normal office environment for eight to 10 hours a day. When they are used in a demanding, always-on environment such as a CCTV application, they simply cannot cope. The constant running, high temperature fluctuations and equipment vibrations found in typical surveillance applications cause problems with recording and playback, and can even cause the drive to fail prematurely. WD Purple have been engineered specifically for the CCTV and video surveillance environment, so that these challenges do not impact on performance, recording or playback quality,” says Ruben Naicker, WD Product Specialist at DCC.

WD Purple incorporate exclusive AllFrame technology for improved performance. AllFrame works with Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) streaming. This reduces frame loss, improves playback and increases the number of drive bays supported, reducing error pixilation and video interruptions for smooth, seamless video recording and playback. Reduced power consumption, critical in high-temperature applications, helps to keep the drives cool during constant operation. Exclusive IntelliSeek technology calculates the ideal seek speeds, which lowers power consumption, noise and vibration that can damage and cause additional wear to drives. This helps to dramatically improve reliability in demanding environments. The drives are also built for compatibility with industry-leading chassis and chipset manufacturers to enable integration into both new and existing surveillance solutions.

“The convergence of security and traditional IT has resulted in many CCTV solutions today running off an Internet Protocol (IP) backbone. The availability of WD Purple creates further opportunities for traditional IT resellers to tap into new markets, create new revenue streams and offer a more diverse offering to their clients to help meet their changing needs,” Naicker concludes.

Available in capacities of 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB, WD Purple can support up to eight drive bays and up to 32 High Definition (HD) video surveillance cameras, delivering the flexibility to grow and expand security systems as future requirements change. The drives feature a three-year worldwide limited warranty and are available immediately from resellers at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) inclusive of VAT:

  • 1TB – R832.00
  • 2TB – R1 083.00
  • 3TB – R1 586.00
  • 4TB – R2 267.00

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