U. of Central Florida Modernizes IT Infrastructure to Improve Campus Safety

The University of Central Florida has deployed its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform for more robust video surveillance data protection, improved remote access to sensitive and critical data from any device, streamlined central management for all their campus safety and security IT systems, and support for additional datacenter workloads as they grow. How? With Pivot3 storage and and Milestone Systems video management software.

Located in Orlando, Fla., the University of Central Florida (UCF) is one of the largest universities in the country with more than 66,000 students and over 12,000 employees. It is regularly recognized as one of the best colleges for quality, access, impact and value. U.S. News & World Report recently named UCF as one of the nation’s ‘Most Innovative Colleges for 2018’.

Prior to implementing Pivot3, UCF was struggling with the costs and complexity of managing 58 standalone servers, 12,000 individual access points, hundreds of video surveillance cameras, and a diverse range of digital video recorders, or DVRs. The university’s IT organization and security teams required a solution that could easily consolidate these disparate systems, centralize management and provide more effective, efficient and reliable video data storage.

Pivot3 HCI streamlines video management and storage capabilities by hosting the university’s Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS), and server and storage management on a single platform. Pivot3 also offers industry-leading resilience — critical in environments such as public universities which have demanding data protection and retention requirements in order to mitigate risk and ensure legal compliance. If multiple hardware failures occur, servers remain online and previously recorded data is protected and available when needed.

Pivot3 is also designed to support mixed workloads and can host multiple applications on a single infrastructure, delivering significant return on investment for the university as its security and IT needs evolve.

We wanted a security solution that specialized in video storage but also offered options to expand into other datacenter use cases as needed, and Pivot3 was the hands-down winner. During our selection process, both our security team and our IT organization discovered that Pivot3 delivered the best solution for our growing environment. – Joseph Souza, assistant director of security for UCF’s Department of Security and Emergency

In addition to hosting Milestone System’s video management software, Pivot3 also captures and protects video data from 2,500 video surveillance cameras and supports up to three petabytes of storage. Pivot3’s ability to easily scale to this level was a key criterion in UCF’s selection process as its demand for more cameras and video data storage capacity continues to grow. The UCF camera count is expected to rise to over 3,000 when the University’s downtown Orlando Campus opens in the fall of 2019.

UCF is a leader in educational excellence, and we are pleased to play a role in helping the university protect critical assets and enhance security operations. The education market in particular experiences significant benefits and cost savings through the implementation of Pivot3 HCI – not to mention the increased security benefits for students and staff – which reduces complexity and cost, delivers scalability and increases resiliency. – Brandon Reich, surveillance practice leader, Pivot3

Pivot3 is Certified Milestone Partner: get the documented facts here:
https://www.milestonesys.com/solution-finder/pivot3-inc/pivot3-watch/

Pivot3 will also be exhibiting in the Milestone booth C340 at the IFSEC International trade show in London June 19-21.

About Pivot3
Pivot3 provides easy to use and efficient solutions that deliver intelligence and automation to simplify multi-cloud environments. Built on hyperconverged infrastructure, Pivot3’s advanced intelligence engine combines policy-based management, inference and orchestration capabilities, and industry-leading performance to automate management, resource allocation, workload mobility and data placement across hybrid cloud environments so IT can focus on delivering the applications and services that power your business. With more than 2,500 customers in 54 countries, and over 18,000 deployments in healthcare, government, transportation, security, entertainment, education, gaming, retail and more, Pivot3 is defining the future of autonomous cloud computing with smarter infrastructure solutions.

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