The Rise of Video Surveillance and Data Storage

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The Rise of Video Surveillance and Data Storage

From residential doorbells and police body cams to Las Vegas casinos and military drones, over the last decade the video surveillance industry has seen a surge in the amount of video content being created.

Many organizations are coming to the realization that the quantity of managed digital assets will continue to grow.

Increased retention rates, improved camera intelligence, and greater adoption of analytics only strengthen the argument of video surveillance storage.

Storage strategies for video content can suddenly take up a major part of an organizations IT budget.

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The Rise of AI in Video Surveillance

Due to the importance of real-time analytics, and the increased popularity of machine learning and artificial intelligence, the video surveillance industry has started to create more data than their storage solutions can handle.  

It is essential that organizations discover methods to efficiently manage and retain their data with the large quantities of analytics that are produced.

Increased Quantity and Retention

With more data being created by video content and analytics, the retention time that organizations are required to keep continues to grow as well.

Finding reasonable video storage solutions is becoming regarded as a critical element in surveillance storage infrastructures, because long-term storage requirements aren’t getting any smaller.

So, what’s the solution?

Whether it be disk storage or tape storage, with more data being generated, it is critical for organizations to develop a data security plan and protect against cyber-attacks.

From this viewpoint, data tape storage provides a greater advantage over disk storage against malware.

Tape’s natural air-gap means that there is no electronic connection to the data on the removable tape cartridge. This unique characteristic is seen as an advantage in preventing malware attacks and is receiving increased recognition throughout the surveillance storage industry.

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Video Surveillance-as-a-Service

Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS), refers to cloud-based video surveillance. This innovative service usually includes video recording, storage, remote viewing, management alerts, and cyber security.

Consumers and organizations alike find this very attractive due to the low up-front costs and the simplicities of operation.

However, there is a downside. Video processing and management is performed offsite using the cloud which has the ability to become costly very quickly.

The costs associated with VSaaS can get out of hand depending on how frequently video content is accessed. This should be an important aspect to consider for organizations thinking of migrating to a VSaaS provider.

On-Site Storage Solutions

Another option as opposed to cloud-based video storage is an on-site storage solution. Implementing an on-premise data storage solution that operates on different mediums can help stabilize the expenses associated with storage and the speed of access required.

Hence, the hybrid storage solution.

For an organization currently keeping live and recently recorded video content on their recording servers, implementing a multi-medium storage strategy would be ideal.

This means that once the recorded video becomes dated past a pre-defined age, for example 30 days, it is moved to a disk-based storage solution that still allows for instant access to the footage.

As the video content continues to mature, it can be migrated to a less expensive storage medium such as tape.

An on-site multi-medium storage solution is the more reasonably priced way to retain surveillance video footage for the required length of time without breaking the budget.


Data continues to grow and organizations need to project how much data they need to keep, store, and mange; all within budget.

Less expensive storage solutions for surveillance video content such as tape and disk are in high demand. Finding the right balance of characteristics, price, and security will help companies create a strong storage infrastructure built for the future.


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