Trends in Video Surveillance: Managing Retention Rates and Cybercrime

Marketing Program Manager, Spectra Logic

Video surveillance data storage trends

Over the last few years, the video surveillance industry has seen a boom in the amount of video content being generated. As lengthening retention rates, increasing camera intelligence, greater adoption of analytics, and more content aggregation escalate video storage needs and burden existing systems, many organizations are realizing that the amount of managed digital assets will continue to grow. This means that storage strategies for video content can quickly take up a major part of their budgets.

Spectra Logic anticipates a number of key trends to characterize the video surveillance data storage market in 2018 and beyond.

Increase in analytics

As a result of an increased emphasis in real-time analytics, and the gaining popularity of neural networks, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in recent years, video surveillance organizations have begun to create more data than their storage solutions can retain.  With the vast amounts of data and analytics that can be generated from these leading technologies, it will become paramount that organizations find ways to manage and store their data in an efficient manner.

More data will be created and retained longer

Increasing camera intelligence, content aggregation, and long term retention rates escalate video storageIn addition to more data being created, the length of time that organizations are required to keep it is growing as well. Since long-term retention requirements aren’t shrinking, finding affordable video storage solutions is increasingly viewed as a vital element in surveillance storage architectures, be it disk or tape. With more data being produced that is vulnerable to cyber-attack, it is crucial for organizations to develop a comprehensive data security plan and protect against ransomware. In this aspect, tape media provides a superior advantage against cybercrime. Tape’s inherent air-gap means that there is no electronic connection to the data on the removable tape cartridge, and the medium’s advantage in preventing malware attacks is receiving increasing recognition in the industry.

Video Surveillance-as-a-service becomes popular

VSaaS, or Video Surveillance as a Service, refers to hosted cloud-based video surveillance. The service typically includes video recording, storage, remote viewing, management alerts, and cyber security. This is very appealing due to the low up-front costs and the ease of implementation, but it comes with a trade-off. The video processing and management is performed offsite using the cloud which can become expensive quickly. Depending on how often video content is accessed, the bill for VSaaS can easily get out of hand. This is an important factor for organizations to evaluate prior to moving to a VSaaS solution.

On premise multi-tiered storage

The alternative to a cloud-based video storage solution is one that is located on premises. Creating a local storage solution that utilizes different tiers of storage can balance the cost of storage with the speed of access required.  Imagine, for example, an organization currently keeping real-time and recently recorded video content on their recording servers. Adopting a multi-tiered storage strategy would mean that once the video content is older than a pre-defined age (i.e., 30 days), it is moved to a disk-based storage solution that provides instant access to the data. Then, as the video content continues to age, it is moved to a lower cost tier – usually a tape-based tier due its low cost. This method is the more affordable way to retain video footage for the required length of time without breaking the budget. Spectra’s multi-tier storage architecture for video surveillance, powered by the Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage System, is clearly seeing traction for these reasons. Spectra’s video surveillance storage ecosystem is designed to optimize data security and cost for long-term retention of video storage, but it also enables cloud video storage.

Video surveillance storage ecosystem with multi tier architecture and cloud video storage

Data is growing and organizations need to forecast how much data they need to keep, as well as consider where to store it and how they will manage it, all with limited budgets. As a result, lower cost storage solutions and affordable storage for video content are in high demand. Finding the right balance of features, cost and protection will help companies create a storage architecture that is truly built for the future.

 BlackPearl Network Attached Storage: NAS solution for the future that scales to multi tier architecture, including cloud video storage, for long term retention of video storage.