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DW Spectrum IPVMS Server Hardware Specs

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DW Spectrum® IPVMS Server Hardware Specs

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Affected Roles:  Administrator, Owner

Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps:  DW Spectrum® IPVMS

Software Version:  DW Spectrum® IPVMS v4.1

Last Edit:  January 18, 2021

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What are the recommended hardware specifications for the DW Spectrum® IPVMS Server?

The DW Spectrum® Server application can be installed on most computers with a 64-bit architecture.  However, while DW Spectrum® is a relatively lightweight application, it does use a varying amount of hardware resources, depending on the intensity that it is used.

This article will outline the recommended hardware specifications of the Server portion of the program for your consideration.

NOTE:  32-bit operating systems, Ubuntu 14.04, and Windows Server 2008 are no longer supported by DW Spectrum®.  Additionally, the desktop client will not function when using Macintosh OS X 10.11, 10.12, or 10.13.

NOTE:  It is highly recommended to use a computer that is separate from the device hosting the DW Spectrum® Server application when using the DW Spectrum® Client, rather than run both programs fulltime on the same device.  This will help to keep the server device’s CPU from being overused and mitigate processing issues.

Prerequisites

To use the DW Spectrum® Server, a computer must meet the following prerequisites:

  • A supported 64-bit Operating System
    • Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 Pro/Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016 v1607 and later, 2019
    • Ubuntu LTS 16.04, 18.04, 20.04
  • An Intel or AMD CPU

NOTE:  The following recommendations are given under the assumption that the computer being used is dedicated to the DW Spectrum® Server application with the default settings and will not be used to run additional applications concurrently as this will impact the performance and stability of your system.

Hardware Recommendations

The following specifications and aforementioned prerequisites will ensure a smooth user experience when using the DW Spectrum® Server application.

For Servers with Less Than 50 Connected Devices

(IP Cameras, IO, Encoders, and Streams)

Type

Requirement

CPU

Intel Celeron 8th gen or AMD Athlon Gold Quad-Core or better

RAM

4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz or better

Network Interface

2 x 1 Gbit or better

GPU

N/A (only applicable when a GUI is required)

OS Drive

Dedicated SSD or NVME disk for the OS, 128 GB or larger

Storage Drive(s)

Please make sure that the read/write capacity of the storage drives is sufficient to handle the load created by the cameras.*

For Servers with Less Than 50 Connected Devices and Max of 128 Devices

(IP Cameras, IO, Encoders, and Streams)

Type

Requirement

CPU

Intel i3 8th gen or AMD Ryzen 3 3000 Quad-Core or better

RAM

8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz or better

Network Interface

2 x 1 Gbit or better

GPU

N/A (only applicable when a GUI is required)

OS Drive

Dedicated SSD or NVME disk for the OS, 128 GB or larger

Storage Drive(s)

Please make sure that the read/write capacity of the storage drives is sufficient to handle the load created by the cameras.*

NOTE:  * = you can use the DW Spectrum IP Storage Calculator to estimate the number of servers and storage required for your system.

NOTE:  These recommendations may not be applicable for all systems.  It is highly recommended that for large system deployments, you refer to the Large DW Spectrum System Deployment support article.

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