It’s the surveillance dilemma. Today’s round-the-clock operations make it continuously challenging to do more with less. You like many other surveillance professionals are required to increase camera resolutions, provide more points and degrees of view to capture broader areas with the ability to zoom in on people or objects without loss of detail, and deliver sharp picture quality for analytics.
More points and degrees of view mean that there are more camera streams while the need for cameras that have panoramic fields of view need to have a minimum of on one-megapixel (1MP) of camera resolution per stream. Depending on the actual resolution and the number of streams being captured, round-the-clock video capture and retention of all video for longer periods is increasing both the storage capacity and performance requirements.
Multiple streams and angles of high-resolution surveillance comes with a price, requiring up to 20 times more storage capacity that lower-resolution video captured with older technology. Further, the requirements to increase storage capacity are constrained to fit into close quarters control rooms – and cramped budgets.
Storage systems for DVS must address these needs as part of the physical security ecosystem, deployed around the globe into environments such as airports, financial institutions, transit authorities, government installations, casinos, retailers and sports and entertainment venues. The IT and security administrators we’ve talked with are always looking to maximize reliability, flexibility, performance and manageability. When evaluating a storage solution for DVS, keep these key points in mind:
Easy DVS Storage Management: Can it be up and running in minutes, and managed with simplicity through an intuitive, single-pane-of-glass interface, even when remote? Ensuring ease-of-use functionality makes deploying, managing and maintaining storage a snap for the resource constrained professional.
Greater DVS Storage Performance: How fast the solution is will ensure you never miss a frame or critical moment. Make sure your storage system can record digital video surveillance has been specifically designed to handle hundreds of parallel surveillance streams from high-resolution video sources without frame-drops.
DVS Storage Uptime: Above all, you need a highly reliable DVS storage system that reduces disk drive failures and improves overall system performance, contributing to an always-on surveillance operation. Storage not only needs to deliver the speeds you need, but be tough and built to last, even in less than ideal datacenter environments like cruise ships or subway stations with high temperatures and vibrations.
Lower DVS Opex: How well does your storage let you balance performance and power savings? Lowering operating expenses and extending overall life of the system is critical for an always-on environment. Ideal solutions like Nexsan’s E-Series help deliver up to 87% reduction in power and cooling with flexible power management that allows the user to configure each RAID set to progress into deeper levels of sleep when they have not been accessed for a specified amount of time.
Reduce DVS Storage Total Cost of Ownership: Odds are you’ll need to scale up an out at some point. Make sure your chosen system reduces scaling complexities that arise with less efficient storage systems. Make sure deployments are simple, require less cabling, less rack space and less ongoing administrative costs. Because your time is as valuable as the data you’re holding.
Keep an eye out for the next post in our DVS blog series. You can also read our latest whitepaper to see how Nexsan makes easy to install storage systems that integrate with video management software and solutions that include the most popular brands of IP cameras, analog converters, DVRs, NVRs, video management applications, networking infrastructure and facial recognition/data analysis solutions.