Within the last decade we’ve witnessed a surge in video surveillance driven by a proliferation of high-definition, low-priced cameras with greater intelligence, and the emergence of highly sophisticated analytical tools and AI that require enormous volumes of data and long retention times. The data collected by security cameras is suddenly much more valuable, providing a powerful incentive to hang onto it.
Somewhat lagging has been development of the servers, storage, and networking that are at the foundation of these more advanced surveillance systems. The complicated storage solutions, cobbled together to address the needs of these systems, can often push the limits of professionals who may be highly skilled in security management, but are novices in the dark art of IT. For these environments, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) – the concept of bringing together three major components of IT infrastructure (compute, storage and networking), and using software to virtualize and manage them as a flexible resource – shows enormous promise
Josh Woodhouse, principal analyst, video surveillance with IHS Markit, recently took a deep dive into this topic in his new white paper – Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for Video Surveillance – An introduction for Video Surveillance and Smart Building Integrators, Installers, and End-users. It offers abundant and useful information for anyone looking to get grounded in the market trends of video surveillance and seeking a better understanding of why end-users and installers are turning to HCI designed for video surveillance and smart buildings. Among the highlights:
- The paper explores the advantages of consolidating compute, storage, networking, associated virtualization, and infrastructure management under a single vendor. There are a lot of efficiencies to be found, such as single-source maintenance, trouble-free integration, and simple scalability.
- HCI enables all the elements of a smart building to be run on the same infrastructure and closely managed together through simple dashboards with fewer specialists required. This opens new possibilities for a more holistic approach to video surveillance, access control, intrusion and fire detection, lighting, or HVAC management.
- HCI allows for built-in singular control of cybersecurity across compute, storage, and networking – a high priority for IT.
- Fewer onsite technicians are needed for setup of an HCI system, leading to lower installation and configuration costs.
The IHS paper also offers some cautions where HCI may not be the ideal solution and provides considerations when evaluating the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for an HCI system. It offers numerous end-user industry examples of how HCI could be successfully be used for video surveillance and smart building applications in numerous areas:
- Smart cities
- Higher education
- Casinos and gaming
- Airports and transit
- K-12 Education
- Critical infrastructure
IHS has detailed the industry factors that are driving the need for HCI. In April, Quantum introduced the VS-Series, which was purpose-built to address this exact market need. Ultimately, security professionals are challenged to improve security while minimizing operational and capital expenses, and to protect their business from overall risk. The prospect for meeting this challenge has never looked better.
You can download a copy of the IHS white paper Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for Video Surveillance here.