How do I use Digital Watchdog DW Spectrum VMS with Wasabi?

DW Spectrum® is validated for use with Wasabi. DW Spectrum is an open-platform video management solution.  For more info on how Digital Watchdog and Wasabi work together, please visit this partner page.


Reference Architecture Diagram



1. Create a bucket in your Wasabi account. Create a bucket per recording server. Do not use a shared bucket for multiple servers.

2. Install, configure and activate your DW Spectrum VMS product.

3. Install and activate Tiger Surveillance Bridge

4. Configure Retention Rules in Tiger Surveillance Bridge.

5. In the Tiger Surveillance Bridge application select archive to be backed up / moved to Wasabi Cloud storage using the Add Source button.

  • Users can choose the entire archive, high quality, low quality, or even individual cameras depending on need.



6. Next, in the pop up window select Wasabi and hit OK.




7. Enter the Wasabi Access key and Secret key information and then click “List Buckets” and select the bucket to use. Click Apply when done.

Note - In the example below, we are using the US-East-1 region service URL. You should enter the service URL of the region where your bucket is located in. You will find the different Wasabi region service URLs on this Knowledge Base article



8. Choose the action to perform on the bucket. For initial configuration or if the bucket is empty choose “No Action”. Click OK when done.



9. At this point, the Bridge is setup to begin replicating all the data in the source folder to the Wasabi bucket. After all configurations steps have been performed, click the “Resume” button to start the service. Replication of data to the cloud will commence immediately.




Note - No configuration is needed in DW Spectrum to use Tiger Surveillance Bridge and Wasabi Hot Cloud storage.

You can login to the Wasabi console and confirm if the data is being written to the bucket with the same directory structure as seen on the local storage.

Additional Options supported on the Surveillance Bridge app and validated with Wasabi:-

Disaster Recovery Policy
Mirror Copies the customer data to the cloud. Both data sets are identical (the one on-prem, and one in the cloud) Bridge makes a full copy of local data to the cloud for redundancy.

Storage Extension Settings
In this case, Instead of a mirror copy, you're simply extending the capability of local storage to the cloud. The older data is in the cloud, while the newest data sits locally. After X number of days, the data is deleted from the local drive to free up on-prem capacity, but data is still in the cloud if/when it needs to be accessed.

Disaster Recovery + Storage Extension
By combining both options, as soon as the data lands on disk, it replicates to the cloud. Data is only deleted from the local drive when it hits the retention (perhaps 7th day, whatever the customer requires), then it's off the local drive but you can still retrieve it instantly from the cloud





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