The need for a strong underlying infrastructure
Like any business-critical application, electronic security has some specific needs and generally requires a strong underlying technology infrastructure to be maximally effective. This foundation requires the following capabilities:
Standards-based virtualisation – It is expected that multiple vendors and technologies will be required to deliver a modern electronic security system. This means that the underlying infrastructure needs to be virtualisation-ready with a wide range of support for different applications.
Continuous availability – Because these technologies are critical and will be consolidated to a shared set of server resources, unplanned downtime is not an option. There are many ways to mitigate the risk of unplanned downtime but a highly available or fault-tolerant solution should be easy to deploy without any specialised development or skill and easy to service in the event of a failure.
A holistic solution-oriented view – One of the most difficult challenges in operating an electronic security system is understanding and resolving operational issues. While virtualisation greatly reduces the complexity of systems, the number of devices and possibly virtual servers will increase. This means that an end-to-end view of the entire security system (devices, applications and hardware) will decrease the challenges of identifying and even preventing issues before they occur.
The Stratus approach
Stratus is the proven choice for leading companies such as Tyco Integrated Security, Johnson Controls and Rapiscan Systems. Our cost-effective solutions deliver continuous availability without the complexity of other solutions, with the ability to monitor and manage the various devices – cameras, access control devices, etc. – and deliver a fully connected electronic security environment.
We offer a range of flexible high availability solutions – software, platform and services – that are easy to deploy and manage and backed by a support structure with a 30-year track record of success. It’s no wonder that a wide range of facilities – from nuclear power plants, dams and military bases to airports, sporting arenas, industrial facilities, educational institutions and tourist attractions — put their trust in Stratus. Our solutions can be rapidly deployed in your chosen environment – physical, virtualised or cloud – without any changes to your applications.