Darren Giacomini

Virtualization And Hyperconvergence: A Primer

The physical security world is constantly evolving. The migration from analog to digital triggered significant changes in both the market and required skill set to support these newer technologies. As we usher in the new year, additional changes are on the horizon. While virtualization is not a new concept, hyperconverged infrastructure is becoming more and more prevalent in the security market. This primer will focus on the benefits associated with virtualization and how it applies to hyperconverged infrastructure in the security industry.

ALE Appoints Darren Giacomini To Global Advisory Board

ALE, operating under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, announced they have appointed Darren Giacomini, Director of Advanced Systems Architecture at BCDVideo, to their Global Customer Advisory Board. Darren has over 16-years of networking experience. His latest project includes Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) technology offered on the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch® family of products, the joint offer creates a highly available network that exceeds speed and management requirements to support the massive data transfer and file volume of a surveillance system, as well as engineering networking solutions.

ALE And BCDVideo Address Evolving Video Surveillance Network Requirements With SPB

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and BCDVideo announced they are working together to address the growing demand of businesses to enhance public security and safety via video surveillance and networking. Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and BCDVideo develop technical and sales alliance to address evolving video surveillance market. Demand for video surveillance and connected safety in hospitality, casino, arena, cities, and healthcare environments drive increase in technology requirements.

Zero Touch Network Provisioning Lessens Installation Time And Expense

BCDVideo announces the addition of their new Pro-Lite Server Switch Bundles featuring Zero Touch Provisioning. Designed to reduce errors and labor expenses the configuration will provision cameras in your network automatically, with minimal manual intervention. Each bundle can accommodate up to 7, 16 or 24 cameras providing security integrators with a simplified and affordable solution for small to mid-size video surveillance projects.

Designing A Resilient Network For Surveillance Applications

A quick overview of any Video Management System (VMS) platform will reveal a myriad of options to provide sustained operational status. Primary and secondary databases, redundant and co-located recording platforms, and critical service fail-over. The evolution of VMS platforms lend themselves to sustaining critical operations and in some cases delivering five-nines of availability for live and archived video.

A Primer: Network Segmentation For Video Surveillance

The process of designing a surveillance system can be a complicated task, full of traps and pitfalls that can leave an integrator frustrated with both performance and overall functionality of the surveillance system. While engineers typically design the VMS platform in a simplified network infrastructure, real-life deployments are anything but simple. Based on the scale, expected growth, and level of availability systems integrators are facing decisions surrounding network segmentation. Creating Virtual Local Area Networks, or VLANs is not a new concept to the industry. For years integrators have been trying to decide when to segment surveillance networks, thus walking a fine line between increased complexity and improved system performance. In this article, we will dispel the myths and discuss a systematic approach to network segmentation.

White Box Network Switching Solutions For Video Surveillance Industry

The concept of white box is nothing new to the IT industry. In the beginning, there were a handful of manufactures who dominated the server, workstation, and laptop market. Well-known brands like IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Compaq were a mainstay throughout corporate IT. As the industry started to shift, generic —or white box— servers began to emerge. Companies like Supermicro and ABMX offer price competitive solutions over traditional branded products. Large companies like Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, and LinkedIn have all made the shift to white box servers.

Darren Giacomini Sets Off To Educate Integrators On Best Practice Networking

We are fortunate to have Darren Giacomini join Security.World as a monthly columnist to share his insights and knowledge on physical security networks and what it takes to deliver the most capable video surveillance network infrastructure. We asked Darren to share with us his background and expertise as a networking system matter expert. We hope you learn as much from Darren as we have.