By Wayne Arvidson
In 2017, the video surveillance community saw the emergence of video surveillance as a service (VSaaS). As predicted, we also witnessed an increase in intelligence in cameras, greater adoption of analytics, and more content aggregation. In addition, biometrics assumed increasing importance as a measure to prevent massive data breaches.
What to Expect in 2018
I anticipate a number of key trends to characterize the video surveillance data storage market in 2018.
- Surveillance-as-a-Service takes off: Last year we saw service providers and customers testing the market with surveillance-as-a-service, and in 2018 we should watch for it to gain momentum and acceptance with a wider audience. As surveillance-as-a-service goes mainstream, we’ll also see devices becoming more intelligent. Think of multiple retailers in a shopping mall setting having their video surveillance system managed by their property manager – we’ll see more of that.
- Increase in analytics: In 2017, neural networks, machine learning, real-time analytics, and artificial intelligence all got significant airplay. These forward-looking technologies are rapidly turning into real offerings for 2018, with implications for the security community such as more integration of a variety of sensor analytics.
- More data will be created and retained longer: Retention times aren’t shrinking, and LTO tape is increasingly viewed as a vital element in surveillance storage architectures. With more data being produced that is vulnerable to cyber attack, people are also recognizing the advantage of the air-gapped protection against ransomware that is inherent with tape.
- LTO-8 tape technology lowers the barrier to multi-tiered storage: LTO-8 doubles tape cartridge capacity from the previous generation, enabling customers to store up to 12 TB per cartridge for more cost-effective, long-term data retention. We will leverage these enhancements to deliver multi-tier solutions for persistent data growth and protection challenges in video surveillance, to offer cost-effective tiering for as little as half a petabyte of data.
The multi-tier storage architecture Quantum has articulated as an enabling technology for video surveillance is clearly seeing traction going into the New Year. There are market challenges —both political and technical— but the overall trend is one of progress. Customers have noted that storage vendor consolidation in the channel is resulting in a narrower set of resellers.
The market is in a state of flux, and additional stakeholders want to use surveillance data, so educating the market on how to use these architectures to resolve these problems is increasingly important.
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Vice President, Intelligence, Surveillance & Security Solutions