Top 7 Reasons to Enhance Safety and Security Systems with Modern File Storage

As law enforcement agencies work tirelessly to improve the safety and security of the public and their staff, surveillance and security operations continue to grow and become more complex. Surveillance video is collected from many sources; CCTV cameras positioned in and around buildings, dashboard cams in vehicles, and body-cams worn on officers.

The addition of the Internet of Things, including smart security devices and sensors, have added to the complexity of data storage and management in this market. Many video surveillance systems supporting law enforcement span over large geographical areas, supporting hundreds or thousands of cameras, or other security devices.

Much like all areas of technology, innovation is sweeping its way into video surveillance. Improved camera technology now allows for tiny cameras to record and capture video footage in high definition, and in some cases ultra high definition (4K). Video surveillance infrastructures need to support massive numbers of these cameras, all streaming video content on a daily basis, without dropping a frame. These volumes quickly add up and storage capacities can easily reach petabyte levels. In addition to creating their own data stores, law enforcement often also receive and analyze video surveillance data from other sources related to active cases.

Further, data retention periods are being extended in certain cases, due to litigation risk, increased security concerns, and enhanced security strategies. These retention periods can range from days and weeks, to months and years, and can change over time, so the storage must easily adapt to these changes without additional management overhead.

Infrastructure complexities, technology evolutions, data growth, and budget constraints are some of the biggest challenges to managing these law enforcement video surveillance system deployments.

Surprisingly, in many cases, data storage can be one of the last considerations made when it comes to security budget considerations, as funds typically go towards video management systems (VMS), and added cameras and security devices first. However, choosing the right data storage solution can help to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow, while staying in line with storage budgets, by providing flexibility for growth, and dynamic innovations in technology.

Here’s how:

1 High availability and reliability – never lose a frame.

Video surveillance footage can be one of the most critical pieces of evidence used to help solve and prosecute a crime. Therefore, it is imperative that law enforcement agencies have no interruptions in their data flow, which can result in the loss of video frames. Qumulo ensures that our customers never lose access to their storage systems, and in turn never lose a frame of video. This modern file storage solution employs a reliable, high-availability feature, using floating IPs, which allows connections to be distributed across multiple storage 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 Optimized performance.

Law enforcement video surveillance infrastructures need to reliably support the streaming of high definition videos from hundreds or thousands of devices. Qumulo file storage system is purpose-built for demanding, data-intensive video workloads of any size. Powerful Flash-first technology can manage small and large files for 4K and 8K workloads, ensuring fast and smooth playback.

3 Efficient scalability.

As technology experts in law enforcement work to continuously upgrade and expand their video surveillance systems, having a simple, modular storage solution that uses industry hardware that can grow incrementally, makes keeping up with technology and growth easier. 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 Fujitsu. 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.

4 Real-time analytics and insight.

Today’s video surveillance and security deployments can engage massive numbers of devices, installed across large geographical areas. Organizations generally have to “wait and see” how adding devices will impact storage. Having insight into the overall video surveillance infrastructure can provide huge benefits to deployments. By utilizing Qumulo’s built-in real-time analytics, administrators will have actionable insights based on storage usage and capacity trends, to better understand how the storage, video surveillance management software, and cameras are all working together. By monitoring these trends, agencies can adjust plans for storage infrastructure to fit real-time requirements, and proactively plan for future performance and capacity growth.

5 A path to the cloud.

Law enforcement agencies actively collaborate with public and private organizations to access and share content using only the most secure methods. Hybrid and public clouds can offer effective options for content storage and collaboration. Video can be encrypted at the source, and data can be streamed efficiently to remote, cloud-based storage, without the need to return cameras to a central hub for processing. Law enforcement can employ a single Qumulo platform to meet their on-prem file storage needs, and seamlessly scale to cloud environments, as and when needed, to support future growth.

6 Cost-effective and efficient.

Budgets can’t always keep up with the rapidly growing data demand. As law enforcement is increasing the number of cameras, moving toward the use of higher resolutions, and keeping media assets longer, efficiency has become 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 enable administrators to manage the entire infrastructure more proactively… all driving lower overall TCO.

7 Simple deployment and proven integration with video management software.

Upgrading or replacing outdated video surveillance systems can be complex and costly, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Qumulo’s enterprise NAS file storage software can be deployed in minutes; it fits perfectly in heterogeneous environments and integrates easily with existing network clients. Qumulo’s modern file storage utilizing leading video management software (VMS) providers such as Genetec™ Security Center, and Milestone Systems XProtect™.

Qumulo’s hybrid cloud file storage is purpose-built to meet the demanding, data-intensive video surveillance workloads of law enforcement agencies; delivering a cost-effective, future-proof file storage solution to store, manage and access massive amounts of data from thousands of surveillance and security devices. Qumulo file storage integrated with leading video surveillance management software providers, like Milestone and Genetec, delivers a complete solution. Find out more:

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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