Colossus IP Video Surveillance Storage System


High-capacity, high-reliability, sequential video surveillance storage system

COLDSTORE Colossus is a network attached Sequential Array designed specifically for today's video surveillance systems which need very high capacity storage for mega-pixel IP cameras and/or long archive periods. Designed from the ground up for IP video surveillance, this sequential storage system achieves the following unique features :

• Massive 900TB capacity using around 80 watts – a 90% power saving versus RAID

• Very high disk reliability even using the lowest cost disk drives available

• No data loss on disk failure, with no rebuild required, and simple disk hot-swap

• Sequential filing system (SFS™) uses hard disks sequentially for easy location of data

• Uses any mix of SATA drive manufacturer, model and capacity

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Whilst simple in concept and in use, the technology incorporated within COLDSTORE Colossus delivers a very high reliability system even when using the lowest costs disks available.  Our Linear Array of Idle Disks (LAID™) system combined with our unique Sequential Filing System™ (SFS) produces a powerfully simple system which provides massive capacities at very low cost. The system is extremely simple to manage, with all disk set up and configuration being entirely automatic.  The end-user can add, remove, replace and even upgrade disks.  These operations are done without ever stopping the recording of data. COLDSTORE is extremely simple to manage. No data loss on disk failure, with no rebuild required. Unprecedented reliability - even using low costs disks.

Sequential Recording

Disks are used sequentially, with all disks not in use being switched off, saving power and thus dramatically reducing temperature, vibration and wear - the three primary disk killers.  The system uses a unique mirrored overlapping-pair writing pattern to provide full data redundancy during the critical writing process, but not requiring twice the number of drives of fully-mirrored RAID1 systems.

Power Efficiency

COLDSTORE Colossus exploits the fact that only 3% of video data is ever replayed, and so every disk is off (on average) for 87% of the time.  SFS™ controls the disk read/write heads, moving them across the disk very much like a vinyl record player, virtually removing disk vibration.  Combining LAID™ and SFS™ together with a custom-designed low-power main CPU board results in a disk array which hardly needs any cooling at all, and uses as little as 60 watts even with a fully populated 630TB array.   
As there are special times when it may be necessary to run all the drives simultaneously for an extended period (e.g. during a mass search process), COLDSTORE is designed to handle this with ease, incorporating a well-specified power supply - dual hot-swappable PSU and temperature-controlled chassis cooling fans.  Even in this mode, COLDSTORE will use around 120 watts maximum - more than three times as efficient as typical RAID systems.

Disk Types and Physical Location of Data

COLDSTORE Colssus can use any make and size of SATA disk and indeed any mix of disks. Disks may be added "on the fly" and will automatically be incorporated into in the array. Disks may also be extracted at any time, and due to the strictly sequential writing pattern, the recorded time-span of any disk may be displayed on the front panel.  This allows simple physical location (and extraction) of any particular recording for evidential purposes.  Such simple, yet powerful features allow the disks in the array to be easily managed by the end users themselves.

Operating Modes

In addition to the mirrored overlapping-pair mode, COLDSTORE Colossus can also operate in single sequential disk mode and sequential mirrored-pair mode (i.e. sequential RAID1) as required.  These modes of operation still benefit from the power-saving, low temperature, vibration and wear features of LAID and SFS, including simple disk management and instantaneous extraction of evidence.

Integration with Video Recording and Management Systems

Veracity provides a simple SDK to DVR/NVR manufacturers who wish to provide their end users with the benefits of COLDSTORE Colossus.  Direct control of COLDSTORE via a defined network protocol is an alternative method of integration.  COLDSTORE is delivered with a full configuration and management application.  Once configured, disks may be removed and extracted at any time without re-configuration.  
Array management may also be done directly via front-panel controls.  The front panel is also used to show array status, disk capacities, disk time span and IP address.

COLDSTORE VMS Integrations


COLDSTORE is currently integrated with :

Genetec | Security Center


Hanwha Techwin | Wisenet Wave


Instek Digital | Enterprise VMS


Exacq | ExacqVision


Visual Management Systems | Titan Vision


Network Optix | Nx Witness


Digital Watchdog | DW Spectrum


Veracity | NVR


Veracity | VIEWSCAPE


Networked attached server running L.A.I.D.™ with SFS™ disk filing system
Unlimited scalability with multiple CS units
Embedded Linux OS on solid state memory
NTP time synchronization recommended

Data interface:

Dual Gigabit Ethernet

System interface:

System control direct from 3rd party client application (SDK and network protocols available)
Configuration via Veracity COLDSTORE Client application
Management via front panel, Veracity client application, or 3rd party client application


45 x 3.5" disks (lockable cradles included)
Max. Capacity (with 20TB disks):
Raw - 900TB
Effective - 880TB (Normal COLDSTORE mode)

Software configurable alarm I/Os:

4 relay outputs (disk fail, disk inserted, disk extracted, PSU fail, etc.)
4 inputs (UPS active, power down, start fans, etc.)

Power consumption:

80 watts typical (dual hot-swap PSU)
320W power supply rating


19" rack width, 4U high, 800mm deep

Very Long Retention Storage

Online Video Surveillance Storage - direct from VMS

Near-line Video Surveillance Storage - direct from VMS

Video Surveillance Archiving - moved from VMS

Video Surveillance Archiving - direct from camera

Offline Video Surveillance Archiving - removed, managed, disks

Email Archiving

Replacement of Tape Backup Systems

Medical Imaging Archiving

Call Centre Recording

Broadcast Video Archiving

Media Library Archiving

CSTORE45-4U-UK COLDSTORE 45-bay 4U unit, with UK cable
CSTORE45-4U-NX-UK COLDSTORE 45-bay 4U unit, with Embedded NX Witness and UK cable
CSTORE45-4U-EU COLDSTORE 45-bay 4U unit, with EU cable
CSTORE45-4U-NX-EU COLDSTORE 45-bay 4U unit, with Embedded NX Witness and EU cable
CSTORE45-4U-US COLDSTORE 45-bay 4U unit, with US cable

COLDSTORE Colossus Datasheet


COLDSTORE Colossus NX Datasheet

COLDSTORE Integration Options Integration Options 2021 As listed but for further information please contact

COLDSTORE API & SDK - please contact

COLDSTORE User's Manual - please contact for specific manuals