Monday, February 23, 2009

SANs in Schools

I personally visited Dallastown Pa. area school district as they were configuring the FlexiDome IP cameras on their iSCSI-based SAN. With a remarkable IT department that would put more commercial organizations to shame, it was clear that they get 'IP video'. They were the ones who told me "We didn't understand what you were talking about when you kept saying iSCSI RAID, until we realized your just meant a normal SAN." Believe me, they got it.

It was particularly funny when some students asked which way the FlexiDome IP cameras were pointing. When asked why, they sheepishly replied they wanted to know where they could get away with things.

Long live the tinted bubble.

CCTV and The Origin of Species

Another thought provoking article that points out the obvious - that there is often more than one way to solve a problem. And each has its own pros and cons. The challenge comes when the 'sellers' brainwash the 'buyers' with the Single Truth. In fact, this just happens to be 'their' version of the truth.

I strongly agree with the sentiment of the article. Pure IP-players have a vested interest in positioning IP video as an evolution of analog video, that simultaneously deserves to replace it (rather like vinyl records to CD). Those who represent pure analog will cling onto that technology, claiming IP to be expensive and complicated. Those who have both can afford to be more objective and dare I say independent, because either way they win.

It is possible to think of an evolutionary step which brings something new, while the old branches off and continues to intelligently evolve without becoming extinct (e.g. humans and apes). Funny coincidence - we're celebrating Darwin's Bicentennial this month.

Click here for the article.