New Security Industry Association (SIA) member Tiger Technology develops software and high-performance, secure data management solutions for companies in enterprise IT, surveillance, media and entertainment and the small business market. The privately-held company is headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria and Alpharetta, Georgia, with offices in Los Angeles, California and Naples, Florida, and serves customers in more than 120 countries.
SIA spoke with Alexander Lefterov, CEO, chief technology officer and co-founder at Tiger Technology, about the company, the security industry and working with SIA.
SIA: Tell us the story of your company.
Alexander Lefterov: Sofia, Bulgaria is considered the Silicon Valley of Europe, ranking #1 for information and communications technology specialists per capita, and in the last half-century, Sofia became the center for computer science and mathematics in Eastern Europe. I was involved in software development for international organizations, including Sony and Autodesk, and in 2004 I founded Tiger Technology with the goal of facilitating the sharing, management, and backup of large data sets. The company has helped many organizations transition their video infrastructures from an analog to digital world. Today, the company has expanded its focus to include object storage and cloud integration, which is set to transform the way storage workflows can be architected.
What solutions/services does your business offer in the security industry? And what makes your offerings/company unique?
AL: As cloud adoption is on the rise and inevitable, Tiger Bridge uniquely enables existing video management systems to extend their storage to any cloud provider and gain the benefit of data resilience and lower costs.
What’s something we might not know about your company – or something new you’re doing in security?
AL: Tiger Technology has been providing video storage and workflow solutions to media and entertainment customers for over 15 years. Customers including Sony, Canon, MIT and Stanford benefit from Tiger’s expertise in sharing and managing large amounts of data with extremely high data rates. This expertise is now being applied to solve surveillance challenges such as ingesting 4K video from hundreds or even thousands of cameras to the cloud.
What is your company’s vision, and what are your goals for the security industry?
AL: Tiger’s goal is to enable cost-effective local workflows that are cloud ready and compatible with existing infrastructures and applications. Our vision includes eliminating complexities and making it easy to access advanced functionality, such as automated disaster recovery and geographic replication across multiple sites.
What are your predictions for the security industry in the short and long term?
AL: Cloud adoption will be key, yet, realistically, we feel a hybrid approach will be most beneficial to a majority of installations. Coupling a modest amount of fast on-premise storage with the ability to automatically tier data to less expensive local or cloud storage will be key for economic efficiency.
What are the biggest challenges facing your company and/or others in the security industry?
AL: Traditionally, moving into the cloud can add complexities with hardware configurations and associated security concerns. Our goal is to eliminate those hurdles for the surveillance industry with an advanced and secure, yet straightforward, software-only approach.
What do you enjoy most about being at your company – and in the security industry?
AL: We have a history of solving difficult problems in technically elegant ways. Tiger Bridge results directly from our engineering talents and skill sets to offer cost-effective access to cognitive services and artificial intelligence in the cloud – technology and tools that will transform the industry.
SIA: What does SIA offer that is most important to you/your company? And what do you most hope to get out of your membership?
AL: We are excited to continue our learning through SIA about the surveillance industry while connecting with other partners to help build comprehensive workflows.