Body cameras worn by police officers and 24/7 video surveillance systems are creating major data storage management challenges for organizations. Apart from the sheer amount of storage space that these systems require, organizations often find themselves balancing the number of cameras they operate with capacity constraints and data retention rates.

Quantum, the San Jose, Calif. data protection specialist, today unveiled new reference architectures that are aimed at helping security and law enforcement organizations manage their ballooning surveillance video storage more efficiently and at lower cost. According to Wayne Arvidson, vice president of Quantum’s Surveillance and Security Solutions unit, new, more sophisticated surveillance video capture and processing systems are placing a strain on current storage video storage systems.

“Old security storage architectures don’t scale easily, creating a management nightmare — not just a demand for more capacity but for a different architecture to support the latest cameras and analytics,” he said in a statement. “Quantum’s tiered architectures can remove these barriers by acting as the foundation for modern surveillance infrastructures.”

The amount of data generated by the world’s video surveillance cameras was 951 petabytes in 2015, noted Quantum in an April 6 announcement, citing research from IHS, Inc. By 2018, that figure is expected to more than double to over 2 exabytes.

Addressing this growing market, Quantum has unveiled three new reference architectures, including a surveillance and security architecture for fixed cameras used to monitor buildings, transit hubs and other locations. With scalable configurations starting at 38 terabytes, the solution employs a tiered storage approach, including disk, tape and workflow storage, to lower the per-day cost of video data retention.

Second is a gateway architecture for scaling existing systems. It uses Quantum’s Artico network-attached storage (NAS) appliance as a target for video management software archives. It enables businesses to grow their current environments using disk, tape or cloud storage.

Finally, the new law enforcement storage architecture tackles the growing amount of video data produced by body cameras. This primary storage and tape library configuration offers a choice of on-premises tier of archival storage, cloud storage or a mix of both for a hybrid cloud implementation.

Yesterday, the company announced a bundled offering for video surveillance shops that combines Quantum’s StorNext 5 tiered storage systems with XProtect IP video management software from Milestone’s. The combo provides flexible data retention rates using a combination of primary and secondary storage tiers, as well as direct access to video data, eliminating the need for third-party software.

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