WESTERN Digital Corp yesterday announced the expansion of its Purple family with the WD Purple Pro product line for a new generation of advanced AI-enabled recorders and back-end servers.
The worldwide video surveillance camera market is estimated to grow to $44 billion by 2025, up from $23.6 billion in 2019, according to IDC.
Emerging smart video architectures that capture, store and analyse vast amounts of video data, and perform heavy deep-learning video analytics, are putting an unprecedented level of stress on storage subsystems.
Brian Mallari, Director of Marketing for Smart Video, Western Digital said new WD Purple Pro line is designed to handle these workloads with optimised storage performance, capacity, workload capability and reliability for many devices, including AI-enabled network video recorders (NVRs), video analytics servers, storage arrays and storage/server solutions, including those that perform deep-learning analytics.
“With the addition of WD Purple Pro, our full portfolio of smart video products covers customers’ needs from dedicated WD Purple microSD cards for cameras to WD Purple hard drives for mainstream NVRs and the new generation of smart video architectures, where the ‘smart’ of the solution starts with the brains at the back-end – the servers that perform video analytics and heavy computational deep learning.
“WD Purple Pro is the ideal solution to enable original equipment manufacturers and integrators to evolve their systems for emerging AI workloads,” Mallari said.
Dave Nieweg, Community Program Manager, Milestone Systems said the new WD Purple Pro solutions offer the performance needed for data-heavy workloads and provide the reliability our customers need to store their critical data.
“Whether providing more secure access to a building or school, monitoring patients, or capturing and analysing smart city parking and transportation data for safety and efficiency, offering users a trusted storage solution from the cameras at the endpoints to the cloud is essential.”
The full family of WD Purple solutions for smart video surveillance includes 1TB WD Purple microSD cards for cameras and edge devices to 1TB-8TB WD Purple HDDs for NVRs; and now, WD Purple Pro drives from 8TB to 18TB to support a range of systems for AI-heavy workloads, including back-end enterprise servers. WD Purple Pro solutions will be available this quarter from Western Digital resellers. –GeekWire.co.za