With ISC West 2017 kicking off April 5, we’re thinking that what happens in Vegas most definitely shouldn’t stay in Vegas. Specifically, there’s a lot happening in video surveillance — and if you’re the Security administrator or System Integrator responsible for managing video capture and storage for a large organization, we want to make sure you get the most out of those investments. While you are at ISC West we want to have a conversation relating to large-footprint surveillance applications requiring deployments at the system level that support larger than 64 channel installations.

The challenges start with sheer volume. Market estimates are that by 2019, we’ll be generating 2.5 million terabytes (TB) of video data, every day. This growth is driven by an increased number of cameras in use overall, an increase in the use of HD cameras, and changing video data retention requirements.

For security administrators, this aggregate number represents an operational challenge to address in order to ensure business continuity, which includes deterring threats, risks and losses, part of their core responsibilities. But these data growth trends require security administrators to turn their focus from business priorities to solving a functional challenge: Where can I store video, how can I store it for longer, and how can I make sure multiple stakeholders from across the company have access when they need it?

This shift in thinking — from a one-size-fits-all approach to surveillance, to one that takes into account the data boom and subsequent requirements — requires a radically different approach to video security storage. The good news is that although these challenges may be new to video surveillance, they have long been tackled in other arenas, including traditional IT data centers, and there is a lot we can leverage from the knowledge we have gained there.

We’ve found security administrators tend to have a common set of requests for managing their video data deluge, including:

The good news is these things don’t have to happen to security administrators with the right technology, planning and expertise. Seagate’s RealStor storage systems are meant to address each of these issues so administrators can focus on what matters most — ensuring business continuity:

Seagate will demonstrate its award-winning video surveillance optimized external storage systems (as well as our industry-leading SkyHawk hard drives optimized for multi-drive DVRs and NVRs and up to 64 HD cameras) in booth #25067 at ISC West 2017, taking place April 5-7. Stop by for a free consultation and learn how we can help meet the storage needs of large scale video surveillance installations, in concert with our trusted OEM partners, so you can focus on your most critical job of running your business.

Rags Srinivasan is senior director for Vertical Markets, Seagate Cloud Systems & Silicon Group

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