Pivot3, the globally renowned company in intelligent software solutions for simplified security and surveillance infrastructure, has announced Surety, a new intelligent software framework to simplify the management and monitoring of physical security environments. Surety intelligent software Pivot3 Surety brings innovation to the physical security space by providing customers with extensive intelligence and management of their servers and applications, regardless of vendor, including video recording, analytics, access control and others. This ensures optimum resource utilization, performance, availability, health and configuration of critical security applications, and simplifies management of video infrastructure. Surety unifies Pivot3’s portfolio of hyper-converged intelligent infrastructure solutions and its new Essentials by Pivot3 line of video recording servers and workstations, as well as non-Pivot3 physical security servers and appliances, across both distributed and centralized locations. Simplified management of video infrastructure The new Surety software surfaces critical information in a simple management application The new Surety software surfaces critical information in a simple management application, serving as mission control for the entire physical security infrastructure. The software simplifies management of video infrastructure, which saves users time and money, and improves uptime and availability of physical security applications, by reducing time to diagnose and resolve issues. “Software has been improving the ease of use and capabilities of products and systems everywhere except the infrastructure for the physical security industry,” said Ben Bolles, Vice President of Product for Pivot3. Software-based intelligence Ben Bolles adds, “Pivot3 Surety fills the void by delivering innovative solutions with software-based intelligence that is purpose-built to unify and simplify management of physical security environments across a broad range of sizes and complexity.” Pivot3 Surety rounds out the company’s robust portfolio of solutions that have been purpose built for video. The new Essentials line by Pivot3, along with the company’s existing Surveillance Series hyper-converged infrastructure offerings, serve the needs of system integrators, resellers, architects and engineers, and end-user customers, with solutions optimized for entry-level all the way up to enterprise and mission-critical requirements. Surety will be available in June 2021 and Essentials by Pivot3 is available for purchase immediately on the market.
Pivot3, the provider of intelligent hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions for mission-critical video, announces the addition of HCI appliances to the Pivot3 HCI portfolio purpose-built for running and utilizing intelligent video analytics at scale. In conjunction with these new solutions, Pivot3 has also developed a reference architecture for deploying video content analytics platform BriefCam on Pivot3 infrastructure. The new Pivot3 solutions and reference architecture are designed to ensure that organizations can extract the full value of insights from their mission-critical video by making it secure, retrievable and actionable. Video analytics software Video analytics software and infrastructure constitute an important and quickly expanding market segment. However, sizing, configuring, and deploying video analytics at scale can be challenging, often resulting in under or over-sizing and not realizing the full value of the solution and the potential ROI. Analytics technology is rapidly evolving, so organizations need flexible infrastructure to keep pace and accommodate different deployment models. Pivot3 is the HCI provider to integrate and leverage NVIDIA T4 GPUs and the NVIDIA Metropolis platform for video analytics use cases. Pivot3’s new analytics appliances provide optimized NVIDIA GPU-dense configurations, designed to support video analytics functions including line crossing, license plate recognition, object and event filtering, appearance similarity, real-time and smart alerts, multi-camera search, and video search and VIDEO SYNOPSIS® capabilities. Intelligent video applications Pivot3 excels at mission-critical video with the only HCI platform designed for intelligent video applications. Pivot3 infrastructure deployments result in 50% lower TCO for video management and analytics through reduced hardware footprint and resource consolidation, reduced risk due to eliminating critical analytics downtime and granular pay-as-you-grow scaling. "Customers are turning to video analytics to help get more out of the massive amount of video they are capturing," said Ben Bolles, vice president of product, Pivot3. "Video analytics is crucial to security operations and is incredibly compute-intensive; Pivot3 excels at mission-critical video with the only HCI platform designed for intelligent video applications.” Pivot3 has tested and benchmarked BriefCam’s video analytics in Pivot’s Solutions Test Lab and has developed a comprehensive set of deployment and configuration best practices. Mission-Critical environments Pivot3’s validated reference architecture for the BriefCam Video Content Analytics platform optimizes the business and technical considerations associated with deploying next-generation video analytics in mid-to-large-scale mission-critical environments. The reference architecture is based on a combination of next generation analytics, video management and enterprise grade IT infrastructure powered by NVIDIA GPUs, with all the simplicity, economics and ease of scaling that security teams need. "The growing demand for actionable data in mission-critical environments is a significant driver toward providing customers with a tested, resilient and scalable solution to deploy comprehensive video analytics," said Yogev Wallach, Senior Product Manager, BriefCam. "Pivot3's intelligent HCI platform supports the specific performance parameters and workload requirements of our innovative and extensible video analytics platform. This optimizes the sizing and deployment process for our system integrators and accelerates the time to ROI for our customers.”
Pivot3, the provider of intelligent hyperconverged infrastructure solutions for mission-critical video, announces significant automation and intelligence enhancements to its Acuity software platform to address the system administration, maintenance and availability challenges often faced in large-scale video surveillance deployments. The new intelligent system health and best practices analysis features provide significant reductions in total cost of ownership, ensure 24 x 7 system uptime in large multi-petabyte environments, and enable customers to automate end-to-end system life-cycle management processes, all while ensuring high-availability. managing large deployments “Customers who have safety and security responsibilities are increasingly required to manage large deployments of servers and storage due to the number and resolution of cameras, the increasing use of video analytics and other leading edge security applications,” said Ben Bolles, vice president of product management, Pivot3. “The sheer scale of these deployments presents new management challenges for security personnel to keep systems up-to-date and operating at peak performance and efficiency. Pivot3 is meeting this growing challenge with expanded automation and intelligence capabilities to provide customers with peace of mind, knowing their system is operating at its utmost level of resilience and performance.” System health monitoring At the core of Pivot3’s Acuity software platform is the Pivot3 Intelligence Engine At the core of Pivot3’s Acuity software platform is the Pivot3 Intelligence Engine. The Intelligence Engine comprises many automated system management capabilities including performance optimization, data protection, auto-healing, system health monitoring and analytics that are shared to Pivot3’s Support Cloud. This automates traditionally time-consuming systems administration and maintenance tasks to reduce operating expenses and allows organizations to expand and improve their physical security posture with fewer specialized IT skills. Video evidence recording Pivot3’s Intelligence Engine now includes system-level upgrade orchestration and health and best practices analyzer features optimized for large-scale environments. The Upgrade Manager is designed to simplify performing end-to-end system updates by automating mundane system administration tasks, resulting in improved life-cycle management of large-scale systems and a reduction in the specialized skills required to run these sophisticated deployments. The Health and Best Practices Analyzer automatically verifies system health and detects anomalies, both system-wide and for individual appliances. To lower the risks and liabilities associated with video evidence recording and access, the system also ensures that best practices to deliver 24 X 7 system uptime and availability are observed. Pivot3’s new Intelligence Engine capabilities are in version 10.8 of the Acuity software platform available in Q3 2020.
Pivot3, the globally renowned provider of intelligent hyper-converged infrastructure solutions for mission critical video, has announced a new platform for video surveillance solutions that enable organizations to do more with less in supporting their mission-critical security operations. Powered by the next generation Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 server platform with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor, the new Pivot3 solutions deliver 10% lower cost per terabyte, 14% better capacity density and 100% more bandwidth than similar solutions. The result is improved camera density at a lower overall TCO for customers who consider their video mission critical. Pivot3 Surveillance Series “More and more customers are juggling how to enable better business decisions through technology, including capturing, storing and analyzing massive amounts of video data to enable real-time decision making with tight budgets,” said Kamran Amini, Vice President and General Manager of server, storage and software defined infrastructure, Lenovo Data Center Group. He adds, “Lenovo is collaborating with Pivot3 to deliver innovative solutions that empower customers with the performance they need to handle today’s fast-paced environments while eliminating their challenges.” Powered by Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 server platform Pivot3 Surveillance Series appliances provide the performance of a dual-socket server at a lower acquisition cost With the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 server platform, the new Pivot3 Surveillance Series appliances provide the performance of a dual-socket server at a lower acquisition cost. The single-socket configuration also offers the potential of up to 50% savings on software licensing compared to the dual socket x86 alternative without sacrificing any performance. These savings are due to the solution’s use of one CPU instead of two CPUs. Because the Lenovo ThinkSystem servers include the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors they also support PCIe 4, which delivers 100% bandwidth increases compared to PCIe 3. Enhanced bandwidth for video recording With this update, customers get significantly more bandwidth for video recording and 150% increase in networking speed, with 25GbE support to enable faster video transfer from the edge to the core. The new Pivot3 solutions empower organizations dealing with the enormous growth of video to capture, store and analyze massive amounts of video data while controlling infrastructure investments. Optimized for video workloads The new solutions combine the power of the AMD EPYC processors along with Pivot3’s software optimized for video workloads to help ensure video loss and degradation never occur and video is always accessible and available. The Pivot3 solution also enables non-disruptive scalability and provides intelligent monitoring and analytics capabilities for real-time system health monitoring to maximize system uptime and reduce time to repair. Mission-critical IoT, security and video deployments AMD EPYC processors provide an additional layer of value to the new Pivot3 platforms" “The combination of Pivot3, Lenovo and AMD delivers the resilience and optimal performance organizations need to support mission-critical IoT, security and video deployments,” said Greg Gibby, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Data Center Products, AMD. He adds, “AMD EPYC processors provide an additional layer of value to the new Pivot3 platforms, empowering customers to make the most of their budgets upfront while increasing cost-effectiveness over time, critical for businesses that seek to expand their video deployments as needs evolve.” Single, modular software-defined platform The flexibility of the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 allows servers to be configured to support the massive processing requirements of new video analytics applications as well, meaning customers can deploy one modular, flexible software-defined platform to meet all their mixed security-workload requirements. This significantly reduces complexity and cost of ownership over traditional 3-tier proprietary systems or bare-metal servers. Enhanced security and safety measures “While video data output is growing, budgets have remained the same and this leaves security and IT professionals challenged on how to deliver on security and safety imperatives,” said Ben Bolles, Vice President of Product, Pivot3. Ben adds, “Building on more than a decade of experience creating solutions purpose-built for video and leveraging the latest in processing technologies, Pivot3 delivers the performance and economics that today’s security decision-makers require.”
Pivot3, a provider of intelligent infrastructure solutions, announced that it achieved Common Criteria Assurance Continuity certification for its Acuity 10.6 hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software platform. Pivot3 is the only HCI vendor with Common Criteria certification of a native-NVMe solution with policy-based management to automate data protection, security and workload performance. This provides government and enterprise customers with unprecedented capabilities to meet the highest security standards across the edge, core and cloud. Edge strategies The Common Criteria certification is considered the gold standard for securityMore than ever, enterprise-generated data is being created and processed outside of datacenters and the cloud. Because of this, government agencies and other highly-regulated industries are incorporating edge strategies into their initiatives to support the management of highly distributed data and infrastructure. “As more data is generated beyond the datacenter, federal customers require infrastructure solutions with the intelligence necessary to process and analyze across the edge, core and cloud – but without compromising security,” said Ben Bolles, vice president of product, Pivot3. “The Common Criteria certification is considered the gold standard for security, providing Pivot3’s customers with the confidence in knowing that their most mission-critical environments are protected and secure.” Framework for evaluating security features Common Criteria is an internationally recognized set of guidelines (International Organization for Standardization 15408), which define a common framework for evaluating security features and capabilities of information technology security products. This certification assures both government and private-sector organizations that Pivot3 provides the infrastructure necessary to mitigate emerging threats without compromizing security, resilience and manageability at scale. Pivot3 had previously attained Common Criteria certification on its prior generation software platform. The Common Criteria certification process consists of several evaluation assurance levels, each one more stringent than the last, with product security testing performed by accredited independent, third-party laboratories. This evaluation is recognized by over 28 participating countries, and others who follow the Common Criteria program unofficially such as the European Union. Common Criteria certification Commercial organizations also require Common Criteria certification for infrastructure and software solutionsThe U.S. government – as well as many other governments around the world --mandate Common Criteria certification of security products for purchases. All U.S. federal agencies are required to purchase commercial products that have met specified third-party assurance requirements and have been tested by an accredited national laboratory. Many commercial organizations also require Common Criteria certification for infrastructure and software solutions due to the certification’s intense security standards. Corsec, the global pioneer in product security requirements hardening, assisted Pivot3 with its Common Criteria evaluation and helped streamline the certification effort. Acuity software platform “Government agencies face new challenges as they seek to keep up with the growing complexity of IT while protecting against ever-increasing security threats,” said Matthew Appler, CEO, Corsec Security, Inc. “Pivot3’s achievement of the Common Criteria certification on the latest generation of its Acuity software platform brings a powerful range of new capabilities to this market, providing agencies with the intelligent solutions needed to serve citizens and protect our nation’s infrastructure.”
Pivot3, a provider of intelligent infrastructure solutions, announced the addition of new artificial intelligence (AI) and automation features to its Acuity software to address the data protection challenges often faced in large-scale hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) deployments. These capabilities provide unprecedented resilience for large multi-petabyte environments, allowing customers who experience catastrophic hardware failures to quickly recover while ensuring high-availability with auto-healing, quick node rebuild and intelligent monitoring and analytics. “Customers are increasingly required to manage massive amounts of data generated by video surveillance, both for long term retention and for analysis with video analytics,” said Ben Bolles, Vice President of Product Management, Pivot3. Business Policy Management Pivot3 uses AI and machine learning to understand application performance" “The sheer scale of the infrastructure needed to support these use cases presents new resilience challenges, and organizations are increasingly concerned about capturing, protecting and capitalizing on this mission-critical data. Pivot3 is meeting this growing challenge with new automation and intelligence capabilities to provide customers with peace of mind, knowing their system is resilient, secure and always available.” At the core of Pivot3’s Acuity software platform is the Pivot3 Intelligence Engine. The Intelligence Engine comprises many advanced data- and performance-management capabilities, including its market leading Business Policy Management feature. This enables customers to map business objectives to resource management through simple policies. Pivot3 uses AI and machine learning to understand application performance, protection and security requirements and to make real-time system changes so SLAs are met. The Intelligence Engine also monitors system health and performs predictive maintenance to ensure maximum system availability. Improved system health This automates time consuming systems administration and maintenance tasks to reduce operating expenses and to allow organizations to scale without adding additional IT resources. Pivot3’s Intelligence Engine now includes a suite of new auto-healing capabilities. Designed to automate human decisions and tasks, the new features replace manual recovery processes by automatically adding a node back to a cluster once it has recovered from a failure. Pivot3 has also introduced a quick node rebuild feature to reduce repair times up to 90 percent and to eliminate the need for a time-consuming full node rebuild. New AI and machine learning techniques analyze phone-home data and alert the customer This significantly lowers the risk of a second failure. Other enhancements to the Intelligence Engine include intelligent automation, AI and analytics for proactive system health, configuration optimization and support. These additional system analytics and diagnostics provide customers with improved system health and performance and the ability to automatically share information to Pivot3’s Support Cloud. AI and machine learning Proactive system monitoring flags events in real-time with on-alarm dispatch to Pivot3 Support and provides daily status reports. New AI and machine learning techniques analyze phone-home data and alert the customer to options if a system is not in compliance with best practices. “With the real-time system monitoring, Pivot3 Support now alerts my team to unforeseen failures and provides remediation,” said Jeremiah Francis, Director of Information Technology at Financial Advocates. “Additionally, receiving daily system health and configuration status reports allows us to ensure our system is running at peak performance; we can now more easily resolve potential points of failure and optimize for success.”