I n 2017, the video surveillance community saw the emergence of video surveillance as a service. As predicted, we also witnessed an increase in intelligence in cameras, greater adoption of analytics, and more content aggregation. In addition, biometrics assumed increasing importance as a measure to prevent massive data breaches.

What to Expect in 2018

I anticipate a number of key trends to characterize the video surveillance data storage market in 2018.

  • Surveillance-as-a-service takes off
    Last year, we saw service providers and customers testing the market with surveillance-as-a-service, and in 2018 we should watch for it to gain momentum and acceptance with a wider audience. As surveillance-as-a-service goes mainstream, we’ll also see devices becoming more intelligent. Think of multiple retailers in a shopping mall setting having their video surveillance system managed by their property manager – we’ll see more of that.
  • Increase in analytics
    In 2017, neural networks, machine learning, real-time analytics, and artificial intelligence all got significant airplay. These forward-looking technologies are rapidly turning into real offerings for 2018, with implications for the security community such as more integration of a variety of sensor analytics.
  • More data will be created and retained longer
    Retention times aren’t shrinking, and LTO tape is increasingly viewed as a vital element in surveillance storage architectures. With more data being produced that is vulnerable to cyber attack, people are also recognizing the advantage of the air-gapped protection against ransomware that is inherent with tape.
  • LTO-8 tape technology lowers the barrier to multi-tiered storage
    LTO-8 doubles tape cartridge capacity from the previous generation, enabling customers to store up to 12 TB per cartridge for more cost-effective, long-term data retention. We will leverage these enhancements to deliver multi-tier solutions for persistent data growth and protection challenges in video surveillance, to offer cost-effective tiering for as little as half a petabyte of data.

The multi-tier storage architecture Quantum has articulated as an enabling technology for video surveillance is clearly seeing traction going into the New Year.  There are market challenges – both political and technical – but the overall trend is one of progress.

Customers have noted that storage vendor consolidation in the channel is resulting in a narrower set of resellers. The market is in a state of flux and additional stakeholders want to use surveillance data, so educating the market on how to use these architectures to resolve these problems is increasingly important.

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