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Increasing concerns over video data storage, maintenance

A new study conducted by Seagate reveals trends in how video surveillance data is being leveraged by various organizations around the globe along with the challenges systems integrators and end-users say they face in managing it.

With the proliferation of video surveillance in organizations both big and small around the globe, there are also mounting concerns from systems integrators and end-users about how they are going to manage this influx of data in the months and years to come.

According to the results of a recent study conducted by Seagate, a manufacturer of surveillance-optimized hard drives, which surveyed nearly 1,100 integrators and enterprise IT executives, 74 percent of respondents said that the number of surveillance cameras being used will increase over the next 12 months while the same percentage also reported that the importance of video analytics will also increase over the same time period. Three-quarters of those surveyed also said they expect the strategic value of video surveillance will increase.

This could be why a greater number of organizations are retaining video for longer periods of time than they once did. According to the study, 27 percent of respondents said that they are keeping video footage for a year or longer and 23 percent said that they are retaining it for 90 days to one year. Another 14 percent said that they hold onto footage for between 60 to 90 days, 23 percent keep it for 30 to 60 days and only 11 percent save it for less than 30 days.

The desire to store of all this footage for longer periods of time might not be realized by many organizations, however, if the drives they are using cannot withstand the inherent burdens that come with handling video data.

One of the biggest costs as people are building out their surveillance system is, in fact, the storage. Lot of people are using the cheapest drives out there to store their data, which may seem like a nice, upfront investment but it is an earlier failure rate of those drives. They are typically taking desktop-class drives, plugging them into the systems – those drives aren’t built to work with these numbers of cameras at these high streaming capabilities – and they’re not built to run all day, every day.

Given that increasing camera counts will also generate more data, there were also mounting concerns about how they are going to adequately store and maintain this footage.

An overwhelming majority of respondents, 87 percent, said that video surveillance is becoming more challenging to manage and 94 percent reported that they will receive increased infrastructure investment for it. Also, the study found that most respondents are using traditional storage solutions (85 percent), as well as some form of the cloud (83 percent) to store video.

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