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DIY: Video Storage Calculator

Security professionals and practitioners often desire to do "on the fly" estimating for projects.  Using resources such as calculators and quick guides can often help formulate the beginning of a plan based on many factors including budget, performance, and more.

Of course, we highly recommend contacting our team for the best advice before deciding on a solution. So, with that in mind, below is a great tool for experimenting with storage calculations.  


Click to download the Storage Calculator.





Once the Storage Calculator is downloaded, installed, and launched, this screen will appear:


This screen presents the first step in deciding the storage solution you need. The challenge is that you may not know the differences between these storage platforms. As a "default" selection, consider the following choices:


IP Video 1-128 cameras - click on the Divar IP image


Enterprise IP Video +128 cameras - click on the DSA series image


Analog Video - click on the Divar AN 3000/5000 image



Once you have selected a basic storage system as shown above, you will see this screen:

     #1 above shows where you add a camera type.

     #2 above shows where you add system requirements such as RAID, minimum retention days, etc.

     #3 above shows the recommended storage solution


In order to select your IP camera types, consider referencing the IP Solutions Overview Guide:


Need more help with a calculation or system design?




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