Top Five Reasons to Enhance Safety and Security Systems with Modern File Storage

Modern education campus environments are generally comprised of a diverse variety of buildings and spaces, situated over multiple acres. School and university campuses today rely on technology to keep staff, students, and property safe and secure.

With the use of smart sensors and video surveillance systems, crimes can often be deterred, and if not, valuable evidence can be collected to help solve investigations.

Educational organizations are continuously adding higher-resolution IP surveillance cameras, as well as smart devices to maintain and improve campus safety and security efficiencies. Depending upon the size of the campus, there might be hundreds or thousands of cameras, each producing massive amounts of content, all day long, that needs to be managed and securely retained. As the quantity and resolution of these devices grow, so does the organization’s data storage capacity requirements.

In many cases, data storage can be one of the last IT considerations that an educational organization makes, as funds typically go towards video management systems (VMS), more cameras and security devices, first. However, a robust, modern file storage solution is one of the most critical components needed to enhance campus safety and security systems. Here are the top five reasons why:

1 High availability and reliability.

Video surveillance footage can be one of the most critical pieces of evidence used to help solve a crime. Therefore, it is imperative that organizations have no interruptions in their data flow, which can result in the loss of video frames. A distributed file system like Qumulo ensures that educational facilities never lose access, or a frame. This modern file storage solution employs a reliable, high-availability feature, using floating IPs, which allows connections to be distributed across multiple nodes, to avoid client-side interruption. In addition, Qumulo protects all content using erasure coding, which delivers superior levels of availability and security protection, without significant capacity overhead. Data protection is built into Qumulo’s solution, reducing cost and complexity, while ensuring availability and redundancy.

2 Real-time analytics and insight.

Today’s video surveillance and security deployments can engage hundreds or thousands of devices, installed across large geographical areas. These devices can generate petabytes of small and large files. Qumulo provides built-in real-time analytics, which not only gives administrators actionable insights to identify storage usage and capacity trends, also provides insights on how the storage, video surveillance management software, and cameras are working together. By monitoring these trends, organizations can adjust plans to fit real-time requirements, and can proactively plan for future performance and capacity growth.

3 Efficient scalability.

As education organizations continuously upgrade and expand their safety and security systems, they can benefit from a simple, modular storage solution that can grow incrementally, or expansively, to meet their needs. Qumulo offers a scalable, cost-effective storage architecture that scales across on-prem and cloud environments; utilizing clusters of nodes made up of Qumulo hardware, or pre-qualified industry-standard hardware from HPE or Dell. Managing growth is simple. Simply add nodes to the existing infrastructure to increase performance and capacity levels uniformly, when required, with no disruption or downtime. In addition, using a single Qumulo platform, organizations can seamlessly scale to cloud environments, as and when needed, to support future growth.

4 Cost-effective and efficient.

Today’s campus surveillance deployments are continuously increasing the number of cameras, moving toward higher resolutions, and keeping media assets longer. Budgets can’t always keep up with the rapidly growing data demand; so efficiency is the key to managing costs. Qumulo’s file storage solution is built to offer maximum efficiencies in many areas; providing simple linear scalability to grow both performance and capacity to multiple petabytes, optimized management of both large and small files, built-in data protection which allows 100 percent capacity usage (yes, 100 percent!), and real-time analytics, which enables administrators to manage the entire infrastructure more proactively… all driving lower overall TCO.

5 Simple deployment and platform flexibility.

Most educational environments are heterogeneous, using a variety of different applications, across Windows, Mac and Linux environments. Qumulo’s enterprise NAS file storage software fits perfectly in these environments and integrates with existing network clients. Not only can it be used with leading video management software (VMS) providers such as Milestone and Genetec, to ingest and secure video surveillance data, it can be seamlessly utilized for data storage by other applications within the organization. Qumulo integrates with Active Directory and LDAP for user security, to manage permissions, controls, and access restrictions for file applications, to create the smoothest workflow possible for mixed-protocol environments.

Related resources:

The Benefits of a Modern File Storage Solution for Video Surveillance and Security
The Trouble with Video Surveillance Storage
Qumulo Provides a Window into Storage with Modern File Storage Analytics
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