High Availability for XProtect VMS 

Whether a skyscraper or an office campus, modern building design includes sophisticated building management and security systems (BMS) such as XProtect video management software (VMS). The goal is to protect workers and residents by providing continuous surveillance, recorded evidence, smoke detection, alerts and other critical services. Companies need to ensure XProtect is able to provide these critical capabilities in the event of faults, failures, and site-wide disasters.  

Approaches to ensuring availability

There are several approaches to ensuring the availability of BMS systems, such as fault-tolerant (FT) approach with 99.999% availability, which can be extremely expensive to purchase and complex to configure and manage. High availability (HA) clustering with SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition is an easier and more cost-efficient approach that guarantees at least 99.99% availability (less than 53 minutes per year) and a dramatically lower total cost of ownership.

SIOS DataKeeper integrates with Windows Server Failover Clustering software to provide HA protection for systems such as Milestone XProtect on premises or in the cloud. In an HA cluster, essential applications are run on a primary server and connected to a secondary server to eliminate single points of failure. Clustering software monitors the health of the application environment and, in the event of a failure, moves application operation to the secondary node.  

Unlike traditional failover clusters that rely on shared storage, typically a shared storage area network (SAN), SIOS DataKeeper enables clustering with local storage on each cluster node. SIOS DataKeeper synchronizes the storage among the nodes by providing efficient, host-based, block level replication. 

With data from the BMS replicated to one or more secondary storage systems, SIOS DataKeeper enables XProtect or other critical systems to automatically recover from failures, and to meet recovery point objectives of zero – without the cost and complexity of SAN storage or FT systems.  

HA in the cloud

All cloud providers offer HA infrastructure solutions with hardware service level agreements (SLAs) that guarantee 99.99% uptime, but they do not guarantee application availability. SIOS DataKeeper eliminates this vulnerability, ensuring that XProtect is protected from downtime, disasters, and data loss. SIOS DataKeeper is Azure certified and AWS tested HA solution. It can be purchased in both Azure and AWS cloud marketplaces or via a traditional perpetual license from SIOS or a SIOS reseller partner.  

SIOS high availability solutions for building management

By delivering the full range of HA features—for BMS systems running on-premises or in the cloud—SIOS can help ensure that your XProtect or other critical BMS solution remains operational and accessible. With SIOS HA solutions, you can meet your availability goals with a cost-efficient, easy-to-manage solution. 

About SIOS technology

SIOS clustering software provides true “four nines” (99.99%) application high availability on premises, in the cloud and in hybrid cloud environments for both Windows and Linux environments. Use SIOS clustering software to create a traditional shared-storage cluster or use our powerful replication software to enable SANless clustering where shared storage is impractical or impossible.  
SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition integrates simply and seamlessly with Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) to add performance-optimized host-based synchronous or asynchronous replication. SIOS LifeKeeper for Linux provide application-specific intelligence that automates and dramatically simplifies cluster configuration and ongoing management. 

Learn more at about SIOS DataKeeper on Marketplace 


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