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All those video cameras can be a boon for storage companies

Whenever Big Brother is watching, there is a storage vendor eager to store whatever Big Brother is seeing. And today, Big Brother is watching more places than ever before.

The video surveillance market consisting of cameras, software, DVRs, storage and other hardware is expected to reach $26 billion by 2018 and is growing twice as fast as the overall IT market, according to market research firm IHS. The main accelerators of that growth projection are the common use of surveillance in markets such as government, city surveillance and transportation, and the transformation of video from analog to more capacity-hungry digital.

So it’s no surprise that storage stalwarts EMC and Seagate are pushing hard into video surveillance.

EMC today launched a video surveillance practice, which includes a VNX array and partnerships tailored to the market. The VNX-VSS100 is configured for video surveillance cameras on the edge, with 4 TB nearline SAS drives and a mix of memory and connectivity to handle video files. The VNX-VSS100 comes in 24 TB and 120 TB configurations, and has been validated with video surveillance software and cameras, according to Michael Gallant, senior director of EMC’s video surveillance practice.

EMC has also tested its Isilon scale-out NAS arrays for core storage of video surveillance data in the data center. EMC has tested its storage with surveillance technology vendors such as Axis, Genetec, Milesone and Verint. Its video surveillance distributor and integrator partners include Avnet, Ingram Micro, and Scansource.

Gallant said EMC has been in the video surveillance market for eight years but the VNX-VSS100 is its first main storage platform built specifically for the market.

He said storage is the fastest growing part of the video surveillance market, and is expected to be around $3 billion in 2016.

“This is one of the most storage intensive application workloads,” Gallant said. “Governments are requiring longer retention of video, and the data collected is considered more valuable now. Organizations are putting a lot of edge storage devices to cover subway systems, railway stations and bus stations. There is a need for highly available high performance storage at the edge, and that data is being brought back to the core.”

Seagate today launched the Seagate Surveillance HDD, a hard –drive available in 1 TB to 4 TB capacities with 5 TB and 6 TD versions expected by the end of the year. The drive includes Seagate Rescue services, which the vendor said can typically restore data within two weeks with a more than 90 percent data recovery success rate. The drive is designed for large streaming workloads used in video surveillance, and has a one million hour mean time between failure MTBF rate to stay in the field longer.

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