We've been running Nx for a long time, but we're just about to deploy to 3 new sites, each with 70-100 cameras each. I'd hoped to standardize on HPE Microservers, but I'm having trouble sourcing them in some of the countries we are working in.
I'm wondering about using simple Dell Optiplex's with a Synology for long-term archive.
We use some of this hardware at a few locations currently, but not for 100 cameras.
I'm thinking of an i5 Optiplex, with 8-16GB of RAM. M2 for the OS drive, and a 2 TB SSD (Samsung 870's) for storage. If I assign ~30 cameras per Optiplex, it should be able to handle the network/IO, and get me ~3 days of footage, depending on the cameras/scenes.
And then archive to the Synology nightly.
Most sites will have 2-3 viewing stations that I manage, plus a handful of staff checking in on cameras. But, no one will be viewing all of the cameras at one time. They'll be divided out by area of responsibility.
Will these Optiplex's bottleneck when viewing?
Servers will not have client software.
Cameras are 2-4mp, 24x7, motion & lo res, 10-5 fps, medium quality
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