Three Key Insights into the Future of VFX: Results From a Quantum and postPerspective Survey

Visual effects (VFX) and post-production studios are facing rapidly rising demand for compelling visual content. To boost audience excitement and heighten engagement, directors and producers are incorporating an increasing number of VFX shots into their projects. Meanwhile, consumer interest in more immersive experiences are opening doors for VFX and post-production studios to investigate virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), 360-degree video, and other innovative technologies.

Developing A Winning Storage Strategy To Support University Sports Video

More and more universities are assembling on-campus video production teams to meet rising demand for video content. From admissions offices and alumni associations to research teams and campus security, an array of departments are working with video production teams to create professional-quality media and manage content meant to promote the university, advance research, and help protect people and property.

Biometric Security and Surveillance: More than the Subject of Science Fiction

If you’ve ever used the fingerprint scanning feature to access your smartphone, you’re familiar with biometric technology. Biometrics—the use of biological (physical and behavioral) characteristics such as fingerprint, face, and iris scanning to perform identity verification—is a maturing field, and applications of the technology are expected to grow in the years ahead. In fact, it’s predicted that biometrics will be used to authenticate 25% of all electronic transactions worldwide by 2020, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

What’s Ahead for Surveillance and Security Storage in 2017?

2016 saw video surveillance and security increasingly become the focus of mainstream media conversations, with video playing a pivotal role in bringing terror suspects to justice (as it did recently in NYC) and with police body worn cameras capturing sometimes controversial incidents that spark national conversations. Behind the camera, technology has continued to evolve and storage has become an even more important consideration for anyone implementing a surveillance and security system. Integrators, resellers, vendors, and end-users can look to 2017 as a time of vigorous change for video surveillance and security.

The Top 5 Surveillance Webinars of 2016

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:

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.”)

Challengers Try Harder

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.

The Impact of Video Evidence on Retention Policies

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.

Life as a Security System Integrator

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.

Top Three Reasons Not to Believe the Deduplication Appliance Datasheets: Reason #1

Quantum has been providing storage and backup solutions for over 30 years — and we consider ourselves to be specialists in this market. Nonetheless, we do not control the rules of our own market (or its marketing). Bigger generalist players with unlimited marketing budgets often bend the rules, not always in the interest of customers. Here are three reasons not to believe everything they tell you in the deduplication appliance datasheets.

An (Ironic) Example of Massive Unstructured Data Growth

So here’s some irony for you. We’re getting ready to make a major announcement next week about some new products that will help our customers manage massive unstructured data growth. We were at a studio last week filming our keynote, and it dawned on me that it was a good example of exactly the type of problem we’re helping customers solve. By the way, if you want to watch the keynote this Wednesday, October 12 at 8:30am PT, click here.

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