HCI – a new and fancy acronym

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OK, I might be a little bit cynic. HCI is not new. It’s 2+ years old, and there were “Human-Computer Interaction” and “Human-Computer Interface,” plus “Human Capital Index,” etc. before. I love acronyms. You never know – like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans – what’s inside. In this case, it’s Hyper-Converged Infrastructure.

HCI, briefly and not so professionally, is a software solution that makes your IT network into a cloudlike data centre with higher data efficiency (reduced storage/bandwidth/IOPs needs), elasticity/scalability, data protection, increased availability. HCI is the end of the NVR area, some say. They have their right point. HCI might will have the future of IT basement of the video surveillance systems. If you are not familiar with HCI, click here to find a little bit more about it.

I must admit, there are large (should be used) data in the world, especially in the dungeons of CCTV called storage. Plus, the processing is a resource-hungry procedure, even if we are talking about resolving archived video only. Although, I wouldn’t bury NVRs. DVRs were buried countless times in the last ten years.  They are still alive. Besides, thanks to analogue HD technologies (AHD/HD-TVI/HD-CVI) DVR has its renaissance.

OK, DVRs for a different market segment. That’s right, but you’d be surprised at which companies are still fond of DVR based CCTV systems. So, it’s out of the question, that IT-based CCTV is the future but do not entomb DVRs, NVRs for at least 15-20 years, please! I might be wrong, and totally new, reliable, enchantingly cost-effective technologies could emerge. But until that, the above-mentioned interval is correct.

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