Data Storage is nowadays holding a crucial position in the field of video surveillance. That’s according to Mo Tahmasebi, CEO and President of DNF Security – a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory. Mo says that organizations which invest heavily on Video Surveillance solutions shouldn’t skimp the value of storage component at any stage.
“Some companies invest millions in CCTV and Surveillance equipment in order to step up their security standards. But in this process, they opt for the best cameras and cheap storage in order to cut down the overall costs,” Mo said. As a result, the opted storage is unreliable, which means critical images cannot always be retrieved and thus jeopardize the whole concept of video evidence.
Mo Tahmasebi added that the emergence of large scale video surveillance deployments has created a number of challenges, which includes the need to store colossal amounts of captured video content which has to be stored, analyzed and managed by security teams often deemed with limited resources. So, he believes that the focus on data storage should be proportionate and on par with the selection of camera equipment.
“Nowadays, organizations are generating multiple Petabytes of data and a good amount from that belongs to surveillance. Thus, the need for a reliable data storage solution is gaining paramount importance.”
The surveillance industry is currently expanding at a rate of 20% per annum and represents $20 billion in sales. Till the year 2010, a lot of installations used analogue equipment. But now, 80% of new surveillance implementations are now based on IP technology. Similarly, the surveillance industry is also witnessing a widespread replacement of digital video recorders with external SAN/NAS video storage.
“These remarkable developments are slowly introducing challenges for some members of the industry, particularly now that IP has become an accepted standard,” said Mo. He added that there is a significant community of analogue system integrators which are being compelled to up-skill to handle the networking and IP requirements of the latest surveillance technology.
However, the benefits using IP Technology in surveillance systems is far outweighing the challenges. These solutions are easy to use and provide quick, simple access to decision makers. On an additional note, the images can be viewed from any device connected to the network, and is possible to restrict access to the appropriate people.
The CEO of DNF Corporation added that, nowadays, companies offering video surveillance solutions have the ability to provide powerful, scale-out storage and are simple to install, manage and scale to virtually any size, regardless of how the customer’s surveillance needs are changing in the future.
With the availability of Scale-out NAS solutions, enterprises are having a scope to develop their video surveillance data storage needs to many folds in future. Some, products are even capable of scaling out to up to 15 Petabytes of capacity per cluster in a single file system. This means more cameras can be brought online and the surveillance hours can be expanded.
“While in analog surveillance environments, scalability factor turns to be almost zero. In some countries, video surveillance is mandatory to comply with legislative requirements and the images have to be retained for periods of four to six months,” said the president of DNF Security.
Mohammad Tahmasebi added that in countries like South Africa, video surveillance is emerging slowly and the demand for accompanying data storage solutions is growing. There is a high instance of sophisticated solutions being used in areas such as residential estates, casinos, shopping malls and financial institutions. With IP Megapixel Cameras, images can be stored for up to one year.
Hope, the above said analyzes is enough to convince that data storage occupies a very important position in the field of Video Surveillance.