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Discover High-Performance Storage for Video Surveillance Data


In this highly digital world teeming with rich media content, the use of video has gone from luxury to necessity.

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Particularly for public safety and national security, video surveillance is becoming the preferred option for deterring theft and vandalism, monitoring suspicious activity, and solving crime. But recently, video technologies have also begun to make their way into the enterprise. Today, video technologies are helping organizations improve everything from workflow optimization to regulatory compliance to employee training, and informing mission-critical decisions across the organization.

Not only is video more captivating, engaging, and relevant than any other rich media format, but it’s also beginning to have real strategic value in the enterprise.

As video surveillance deployments proliferate in businesses across a variety of verticals, the global market is experiencing rapid growth. According to research firm IHS, the video surveillance market is expected to balloon to $23.6 billion by 2018 at a CAGR of 12%. The global video surveillance storage market is expected to grow at almost double that rate, reaching $18.28 billion by 2020 and growing at a CAGR of 22.41% between 2015 and 2020. 

The ability to efficiently scale and store video surveillance footage is becoming a key enabler of video surveillance usage among enterprises. However, an increased number of cameras generating growing amounts of complex video data is putting a burden on traditional storage systems. Legacy storage technologies are quickly reaching their limits and losing their effectiveness in the face of overwhelming data volumes and the rapid proliferation of disparate data sources and types.

Video surveillance storage architectures have also evolved from simple repositories for old recordings to sophisticated infrastructures that allow vast quantities of video data to be processed, analyzed, protected, and retrieved whenever required. Luckily, there are more efficient storage solutions that are optimized specifically for the demands of video surveillance footage that offer higher capacity and reliability with lower costs.

While there are a number of considerations for storing video surveillance footage (number of cameras, resolution, frame and compression rate, recording hours per day, etc.) a solution purpose-built for video surveillance footage can help organizations achieve these four main storage goals:

  • Scaling seamlessly in order to accommodate the growing volume of video files as surveillance deployments increase.
  • Accommodating the varying data formats and types resulting from advancing camera technologies.
  • Meeting data retention guidelines to comply with ever-evolving regulatory requirements.
  • Creating petabyte-scale storage architectures at lower costs than traditional storage approaches.

Solutions built on object storage are the ideal choice for storing the large and complex files that comprise video surveillance data. Object storage technologies provide highly scalable, economical, and centralized repositories that are appropriate regardless of whether video files need to be retrieved daily or just held in a long-term archive for compliance purposes. Object storage technologies can also accommodate a wide range of use cases for video surveillance footage, enabling organizations to simply archive old files, ingest footage from multiple sites, or use sophisticated video analytics to extract data-driven intelligence from video content.

As video surveillance installations continue to grow in popularity and data types and formats expand, enterprises must look to new solutions to build high-performance storage architectures that can accommodate a growing number of video files. Highly reliable, scalable, and flexible object storage architectures purpose-built to address the demands of video data formats can help enterprises lower storage costs, ensure compliance with data retention guidelines, and prepare for future data growth.

Follow me on Twitter @Bill_Mannel for all of the latest developments in the video surveillance storage market. 

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As the Vice President and General Manager of HPC and AI Segment Solutions in the Data Center Infrastructure Group, I lead worldwide business and portfolio strategy and execution for the fastest growing market segments in HPE’s Data Center Infrastructure Group which includes the recent SGI acquisition and the HPE Apollo portfolio.

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