By 2020, 3.3 trillion hours of video will be captured globally, generating 859 PB of data.  In my meetings with customers looking to implement new video surveillance systems, I’ve seen a great deal of enthusiasm for the possibilities the latest camera technologies offer, as well as for the opportunities to leverage innovative new analysis tools. These conversations have changed substantially over just a couple of years, as new use cases for video surveillance have emerged. Organizations are just starting to understand the fact that they’ll need a more sophisticated approach to storage if they want to make full use of the new tools available to them and cope with longer retention requirements, all while keeping the total cost of ownership manageable. The storage approach they choose can either become the limiting factor for what they want their system to accomplish, or it can enable video surveillance to become a true business asset.

In a new whitepaper, Josh Woodhouse, a senior analyst with IHS, explores the key considerations for implementing storage to support a modern video surveillance infrastructure. Among some of his observations:

  • The boom in video surveillance camera shipments and higher definition resolutions have brought a surge in data storage requirements. Storage demands are amplified by emerging technologies such as multi-sensor panoramic cameras, 4K compliant cameras and body worn cameras for law enforcement.
  • Growth in video surveillance sensors and the volume of data they generate is increasing storage requirements.
  • To gain more insight and an increased return on investment from video surveillance data, a storage solution must balance high performance, high capacity and high retention. These parameters can be tweaked to optimize the trade-off between budget and mission while minimizing impact on redundancy, accessibility or scalability.
  • An increase in the value of video surveillance data has caused the industry to re-define data management.
  • An intelligent, scalable tiered platform offers a holistic approach where a combination of different storage technologies and media types are pooled from multiple tiers though a single file system. This approach can provide a more effective use of budget to provide maximum operational value and retention time.
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IHS views on an intelligent, scalable tiered platform for video surveillance storage are very much aligned with Quantum’s approach. Not understanding that storage is the foundation of this new infrastructure will inhibit the utilization of video surveillance data; planned and implemented correctly, it becomes an enabler of new possibilities. Quantum StorNext high-performance shared storage was built for streaming video capture, retrieval and analysis. The addition of Artico to the product suite allows users to integrate existing storage into Quantum’s unique tiered infrastructure. Scalar tape libraries provide cost-efficient and reliable long-term storage and Lattus object storage provides resilient disk-based storage with massive scalability and immediate access.  With these kinds of tools in place, customers will be well-positioned to manage the boom in quality, quantity and retention periods that we’re seeing with video surveillance.

To read the full IHS paper “Video Surveillance Storage: Enabling Infrastructure for Next Generation Security Systems”, go to

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In addition, recently gave me the opportunity to explore the topic of how storage is vital to unlocking the business value of surveillance data in more detail. You can find that article HERE.

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