February theme: Aviation securityEDI to use Xyratex to manage Beijing Airport security

Published 5 February 2008

EDI Technology, a Chinese storage integrator, will use Xyratex F5412E RAID system from Xyratex, a U.K.-based enterprise data storage subsystems and storage process technology provider, for online and archive storage of video surveillance at Beijing Capital International Airport

Havant, Hampshire, U.K.-based Xyratex specializes in technology which provides OEM and disk drive manufacturer customers with data storage products, which in turn help in supporting high-performance storage and data communication networks. The company claims that the product, with its storage scalability and throughput performance for high bandwidth applications, is ideal for video surveillance cameras or database-heavy online transaction processing. These capabilities convinced EDI to use Xyratex’s solution in the management of antiterrorism and security arrangements at the airport during the Beijing 2008 Olympics. EDI is a major storage integrator (SI) in the video editing and CCTV markets, and it says that the use of Xyratex F5412E would benefit EDI because the product combines Fiber Channel connectivity with Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA) drive technology, which enables the delivery of enhanced reliability and scalability. EDI says that ensuring high security at Beijing Capital International Airport during the Olympic Games is of great importance to the company. Mike Su, CEO of EDI, said that “The cutting-edge video surveillance technologies being applied at Beijing Airport are critical components to its anti-terrorism and security measures. Having Xyratex as our data storage infrastructure solution delivers us a greater level of confidence and performance that we need for a project of this scale.”

Todd Gresham, executive vice president of networked storage services for Xyratex, said: “Xyratex and EDI have successfully worked together for more than 10 years, and we are looking forward to helping ensure critical security measures for the Olympics are met and that the games can be enjoyed around the world. We also see this engagement as an opportunity to continue our growth in the fast-growing video surveillance market as well as growing our already well-respected reputation in China.”