In 2017, it’s predicted that 850PB of new surveillance data will be generated daily worldwide. As the amount of video being produced increases, camera resolutions improve, and retention times become longer, it’s imperative to understand how video storage is at the foundation of this transformation. Watch our on-demand webinars to learn how Quantum’s multi-tier storage solutions can scale with changing storage demands. Check out the Top 5 Surveillance Webinars of 2016:
Innovation in Retail: How Using Video-Based Data to Deliver Better In-Store Experiences is Impacting Storage
Video surveillance is a mainstay in the retail industry. For years it’s been a vital tool, aiding retailers in security and loss prevention efforts. But, retailers know the value of surveillance footage is not limited to ordinary security applications, so they are continuously pursuing innovative ways to turn raw video into “video-based data.” These efforts are driving a need for more storage capacity. In fact, storage capacity used for video surveillance applications is projected to grow at 39.1% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014–2019. If these predictions are correct, over 221 petabytes (PB) of storage capacity will be shipped to the retail sector in 2019 (IHS—2015 Retail Sector Statistics: Americas).
Top Three Reasons Not to Believe the Deduplication Appliance Datasheets : Reason #4 (There is always more)
To follow up on reason 2 (marketing metrics are not your metrics), I recently found another interesting case. I saw on the news that a major deduplication appliance vendor had just released new models. So, I downloaded and started reading their datasheets and technical presentations (as always), and one thing surprised me—the very high stream counts. The stream count was always accompanied by keywords such as “up to,” which means “less than or equal to,” so in other words nothing is guaranteed. Because the devil is always in the details, I searched for other keywords such as “concurrent (streams)” and so on without success. I also found strange figures, such as outbound replication stream counts higher than inbound, which is unusual. (Most customers need more “fan ins” than “fan outs.”)
Video Surveillance and Predictive Analytics: A Science-Based Approach to Policing in the 21st Century
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), big data and business analytics generated nearly $122 billion in revenue worldwide in 2015. And that’s a fraction of what it’s expected to reach in the next five years. Based on its projections, IDC expects the big data business to reach $187 billion in 2019 (IDC press release). Why the growth? In large part, it’s due to the potential of predictive analytics.
There is nothing “magical” about Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report. Completing the questionnaire is certainly hard work and very time-consuming, but it’s nothing compared to what goes into developing the product that is being reviewed. But, it should be viewed as just one valuable piece of data you can use to find the best solution for your problem that fits your budget.
We could spend our days reading nothing but analyst reports, independent articles, and vendor white papers that cover the market and specific products as we try to understand what is coming next and how we are going to deal with it. But that wouldn’t leave much time for our day jobs. Check out the analyses from Gartner and Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) below for the “Cliff Notes” version of why Quantum QXS™ should make the short list of products you consider for your next disk purchase.
I remember when Avis used to market themselves as “When you’re #2, you try harder.” That’s what popped into my head when I learned of our position as a Challenger in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant General-Purpose Disk Array report. A Challenger in Gartner’s vernacular is a vendor that “executes well enough to be a serious threat to vendors in the Leaders quadrant. They have strong products, as well as sufficient credible market position and resources to sustain continued growth. Financial viability is not an issue for vendors in the Challengers quadrant, but they lack the size and influence of vendors in the Leaders quadrant.” Check out these recent articles on the Gartner Magic Quadrant report: The Register and StorageNewsletter.com.
Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays report was released on Halloween, and it was anything but scary news. Quantum QXS™ flash hybrid storage was positioned by Gartner as a Challenger—it’s the first time that we have been included in this Magic Quadrant report. Achieving a Challenger position is great news! Chris Mellor, storage editor for The Register, concludes the reaction from prospects will be, "Hey boss, your shortlist just got longer." You can read Mellor’s entire article in The Register. For a detailed overview of the market players, check out this article in StorageNewsletter.com.
This month, I attended Security Canada — the largest surveillance and security show north of the United States. The show floor was bustling with security integrators, end users, and even students from nearby universities hoping to learn more about the security industry. Inspired by the students, I decided to sit in on a couple of sessions to learn more about the surveillance and security market, and particularly how it differs in Canada compared to the United States. One particular session piqued my interest, Video Surveillance and the Law. Expecting to learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, I instead listened to the unique perspective of a lawyer who is well-versed in cases focused on surveillance and video evidence.
Did you know that the global market for security system integrators will grow to $75.7 billion by 2020, up from $60.3 billion in 2015 (source: IHS Markit)? It only makes sense that just as the security and surveillance industry continues to transform with the move to higher resolution cameras, longer data retention times, and the increase in usage of analytics, that the security system integrators market would also transform. What these integrators may have built their business on—manned guarding, alarm and fire detection, and so on — is quickly changing to focus more on the technology solutions they can provide to their customers.
In the age of the exploding Galaxy S7 and Spotify cyber attacks, I’d like to take a moment to salute a workhorse in my personal technology stable — my iPod. Since 1998, this little beauty has been humming along with the same battery (!) on ski days, backpacking trips, trail runs, bike rides, and cross-country flights. It carries over 4,000 songs hand-curated, primarily from the (ahem) Boulder Public Library. It helps me save the battery life on my iPhone and keeps me in music when I’m out of reach for Pandora or Spotify. Yes, the Amazon Echo is amazing, but the content on my old iPod still has value, and there’s still a place for it in my multi-tiered music strategy. You have to appreciate technology that just works.
For years, the main performance indicators for purpose built backup appliances have been the “ingest performance.” The maximum performance published on most vendors’ datasheets are the highest backup rates that the appliance can achieve in a very controlled environment. Usually, these rates are achieved starting with no data on the appliance, so that there is no deduplication occurring. Here again, there are a number of factors that influence the maximum ingest performance. These include how much redundancy is in the data being backed up, the number of backup servers and streams, and the age of the system.