Challenge: Provide Primary and Backup storage that’s scalable, secure and offers a fast recovery of files
The City of Bryan introduced in-car video a few years ago as part of its law enforcement practices. As a result, the City’s IT department built a secure and robust infrastructure to store and protect all the video data the program produces. As more police officers have adopted video recording, the volume of data has increased exponentially; in one year, the program grew from 6TB to 15TB of data. In addition, there are rules for how long this data must be kept. Administrative data must be held for 90 days, non-essential data for 30 days, and any video associated with a crime must be kept indefinitely.
The in-car video program uses an outside software application to tag videos during or after they are recorded. The software application then moves videos to different storage pools according to the tags they are given. Officers upload the videos over Wi-Fi at one of several access points located at City facilities – including police precincts, fuel islands and more.
With such an integral and fast-growing program, the City needed a data storage solution that could provide:
- Primary and backup storage, ideally within the same storage solution.
- Superior scalability, to accommodate even more exponential growth in data expected in the next few years and beyond.
- Outstanding file integrity and tamper resistance, so videos can be used to assist in law enforcement and the judicial process.
- Quick recovery of video files on demand.
We considered solutions from other vendors, but they would have required us to purchase separate systems for primary and backup storage. With the Nexsan Assureon from Imation, we can do both in one package – and we saved significant money on capital expenditures.
Cray Crouse, IT Operations Manager, City of Bryan