Wikibon projects surveillance data to be nearly 50 percent of the data volume produced from the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020, an astonishing 62 zettabytes. Capturing, protecting and mobilizing this data is paramount, and a very challenging task for traditional surveillance storage methods. In this blog, we discuss the ways in which hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) can benefit security, surveillance and IT environments.
HCI offers software-defined SAN storage and server infrastructure that is purpose-built for data-intensive workloads like video surveillance and designed to fully protect video data, so it is always available when and where it is needed most. HCI is a fairly new solution that is gaining speed in the security market because of the significant limitations of DAS-based platforms, such as NVRs and DVRs. These boxes are no longer strong choices for modern surveillance environments. IT-centric technologies are more reliable and efficient than the products on which surveillance users have typically relied.
HCI is easy to use and cost-effective, at a price point competitive with DAS and NVRs. HCI streamlines system performance and improves the capacity for video and data capture. Designed for write-intensive environments, such as video surveillance, hyperconvergence provides robust levels of performance, resiliency and scalability that help your customers protect and ensure the availability of video surveillance data.
Here are the top three ways in which HCI delivers positive benefits to your surveillance-customers:
Simplified Management: Virtualized servers with shared SAN storage and centralized management reduce server hardware, management complexity and overall cost. HCI consolidates servers, storage and client workstations onto a single enterprise-class platform. Surveillance infrastructure can be administered and managed quickly and efficiently from one location by a single person.
Scalability: As business and security plans evolve and budgets change, systems must scale simultaneously compute, storage and bandwidth resources to adapt to ever-changing surveillance requirements (i.e. camera expansion or an increase in desired retention time). With hyperconvergence, you can specify what your customers need now and then grow storage and compute linearly without disrupting system operations as the need arises. This also transforms a one-time sale into a longer-term relationship.
Failover Protection: With HCI, virtual servers restart with no user intervention during failures, and all previously recorded video remains accessible. Scalar erasure coding protects data better than RAID technology and can withstand the simultaneous failure of five disks or an entire appliance plus two additional drives, making sure that data remains protected and accessible at all times.
Tune in to next week’s blog post to learn how HCI will further modernize the security operations center and help your business differentiate itself from the competition.