The LenovoEMC NVR solution is available with two or four drive bays for a total maximum capacity of 8 TB (4 x 2 TB) of storage. The two-drive px2-300D supports a maximum of 16 to 20 IP-based cameras. The four-drive px4-300d can handle 16 cameras; a PCIe slot on the high-end unit can accept a 16-channel analog encoder, helping to ease the transition from analog to digital. Both offer dual gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 and 2.0. A one-button instant transfer feature is for quickly taking home the day's surveillance footage.
Though it's intended primarily as an NVR, the px2-300D also can be used as a general NAS, and contains all of Iomega's great NAS management software that is the Lenovo Lifeline Linux stack. This includes file sharing, media playback services, user and group management, backup and restore, and other services useful to most small businesses.
The best thing about LenovoEMC's NVR solution is that it's ready to go out of the box. It obtains and displays its IP address on the front panel, so that a browser on the same subnet can come in and quickly go to work. And with the addition of Arcus from Milestone, LenovoEMC offers a unique and valuable differentiator that's great for mom-and-pop shops and companies without an IT department to slap up a reliable security system. There are also free mobile apps for Android and for iOS that can monitor cameras from afar.
With a starting price of $999 with four camera licenses (but no cameras), the LenovoEMC Network Video Recorders with Milestone Arcus is within reach of most small businesses, and is a recommended solution by the CRN Test Center. For organizations with existing analog cameras, the analog-to-digital converter card lists for $400 plus $45 for each camera for a perpetual license.
PUBLISHED JULY 16, 2013