Review: Salient RED3 Integrated Server Is Nearly Perfect

Salient Systems’ RED3 offers a compelling combo of hardware and software, allowing for simplified distributed deployment of VMSs.


While we were familiar with the CompleteView software, we put the RED3 server through several months of testing to satisfy our curiosity. We have since deployed some of these servers on projects we have specified, and part of our testing was for our own consulting practice; we wanted to be sure these units would hold up in the field.

We did not test the server beyond the rated temperature ratings (32°-104° F) and were impressed with how cool it ran. The internal fans are thermostatically controlled and only kick on as needed, so the server is remarkably quiet most of the time.

This is temperature dependent, but we’d have no issue installing these in climate-controlled rooms where people worked; their occasional fan noise is no worse than many office copiers or laser printers.


It was difficult to wrap our heads around this product until we actually saw it and started working with it. On the one hand, it is a mash-up, and all of the components — software, licensing, server, network switch — are available separately.

You don’t need to buy the RED3 from Salient as you can very easily configure a similarly functioning system on your own, either using separate boxes or the identical hardware from Razberi. But, on the other hand, the Salient RED3 is a compelling solution that is truly plug and play for the professional integrator.

In fact, after testing, we began to think the “3” in RED3 stood for the third bear in the “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” fairy tale. It’s not too simplified. It’s not too complicated. It’s just right …

Products are tested and reviewed by R. Grossman and Associates Inc., an independent consulting firm specializing in electronic security products and projects. For more information, visit

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Bob Grossman has held positions in all areas of the security industry — giving him plenty of opportunity to learn from his mistakes! Bob has authored articles for SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION and other publications and has spoken at numerous industry events both internationally and in the United States. Currently the founder and president of R. Grossman and Associates, a consulting firm, he divides his time between project-based work for large integrated systems and product consulting for a variety of cutting-edge manufacturers. For more information, visit

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