5 Hints You May Need More Storage Space on Your Surveillance System

by John Gallagher | Sep 13, 2017 4:41:17 PM

AdobeStock_87909563.jpegThe storage demands on surveillance systems keep getting bigger. As higher performing and more complex surveillance technology is developed by the industry, storage needs are also becoming more complex and demanding. You may not realize just how much storage your surveillance system truly needs. Here are five hints that the storage your business needs to keep its surveillance system running smoothly might be more than you think:

Video You Need Is Missing When You Need It
Missing video is so pervasive an issue in surveillance that it’s rarely considered solvable, but it’s one that’s fully preventable with adequate storage on your system. As demand on your system gets higher, more storage will be taken up by archived video and other processes required to keep your system running at the performance level that protects your business. As a result, the system will not have space to keep all the video you may need when liability or compliance issues arise. Without access to your complete video archive, you are much less able to keep your business protected. Increasing your storage space helps you to be sure that the video you need will be there when you need it.

Retention Goals Aren’t Being Met
Your surveillance team has guidelines or goals for how long you are able to keep video on your system. These goals may be required for compliance regulations, or simply how long your team believes storing surveillance video will support your business risk management and data analysis goals. The strict regulations for datacenters, for example, require long data retention periods—requirements that may not be met with low storage capacity. Meeting these important requirements is easy with added storage, and will allow you to increase your retention goals over time.

Growth Adds New Users
As your business grows and expands, surveillance may well need to expand with it . More people will need access to the data your surveillance system provides—cybersecurity, analytics, and auditors all require access, beyond just your surveillance operators. With more people accessing your data, adding storage space helps ensure that every user has quick and accurate access to crucial surveillance data.

Equipment Upgrades Stress Your System
The ever-changing capabilities of surveillance technology—and threats that keep pace—mean that regularly updating your system is necessary to keep it functioning at your standards. Cameras, for example, consistently increase in resolution, requiring more data sent and stored, twenty-four hours a day. As your surveillance performs at ever-higher levels, your storage shouldn’t struggle to keep up. Increasing capacity allows your system space to ensure performance is at the level you expect.

Business Data Creates New Challenges
Technological advances also mean that your surveillance equipment is doing more than it ever has—and is providing more data to more parts of your team. Business analytics is often integrated into surveillance, with customer tracking, heat mapping, inventory management, and other functions provided by an increasing number of today’s cameras. This important metadata is often tied to video data, requiring more storage devoted to every file. More than ever, your business’ performance is tied to the functionality of your surveillance systems. With inadequate storage, your business could miss the important business intelligence these new technologies can provide.

Storage is a foundation of your surveillance system—without it, you can’t adequately manage the data your system is designed to collect, collate, and compare. With modern technology growing in capability seemingly by the minute and ever more people requiring access to your business data to keep up with growth, it’s essential to manage your storage space as you would any other part of your system. Keeping your system high capacity gives your business space to expand, grow, and flourish.

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