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A world of moving images: Qumulo’s cloud storage security for video surveillance

A world of moving images: Qumulo’s cloud storage security for video surveillance

By Kathy Ahuja, VP of Information Security, Qumulo

We live in a world of cameras. Video data is being created faster today than ever before. Video surveillance systems (VSS), such as CCTV, are being used in a rapidly growing number of industries. Video technology has become indispensable in everyday offices, manufacturing plants, hospitals, transportation, private homes as well as public facilities, urban environments, and law enforcement. It is estimated that nearly 18 exabytes of video will be recorded by 2025.

In parallel with the exponential growth of video production, modern cameras are becoming more advanced, delivering higher quality images at greater resolutions and even faster frame rates.

The data from this technology not only results in larger files, but also far more complex management, as video files vary in size and often need to be retained anywhere between just a few days to a year or far longer.

These variables make video data storage a real challenge for IT and security teams – especially in the context of tight budgets.

Where are video surveillance systems (VSS) being used today?

VSS can be found in a plethora of use cases. 80% of organizations deploy VVS in one way or another. The focus is on securing people as well as increased safety in many areas of physical life.

Police departments, authorities, schools, government offices, sports arenas, as well as entertainment venues all reflect different needs and requirements. And the list goes on: transportation agencies, for example, use VSS to decimate traffic congestion and improve overall safety on roadways. Moreover, such a list is not by any means exhaustive.

VSS – what are the challenges?

Regardless of the use cases, identical challenges can be observed as a pattern.

The biggest challenge is that the sheer volume of data being produced is increasingly difficult to manage. Complexity is deepened by variance in file sizes, image and video quality. One never knows exactly what the storage requirements will be. Older systems struggle with these variables. They were often designed to do one type of job, and while they do that one job well, these systems are not as good at deviating from that original requirement. For example, a simple upgrade to a high-resolution feed can be enough to overwhelm a system designed for lower-resolution material.

In addition, storing the data load is a challenge. Even a 4k camera generates up to 250 GB of data daily. In the context of a medium-sized school or even an entire city, the storage requirements quickly become enormous.

The problem is that legacy systems cannot store data indefinitely and often need to be rewritten after a certain amount of time. For example, anyone who would theoretically have to go back 12 months to find a particular sequence in a system that reuses available storage every six months, might not find it.

There are also challenges related to data ownership and the different groups using different platforms. This becomes a challenge when, for example, data needs to be shared, but one group in the enterprise uses AWS and another group uses Azure. Different tools are needed to access and manage this data, making it difficult to overcome these data silos. Overall, this also reduces visibility, which in turn makes troubleshooting more difficult, among other things.

How can Qumulo help with VSS needs?

Qumulo provides a single, scalable platform to help customers manage their unique enterprise data.

For VSS capacity planning, this means an organization no longer must worry about over- or underestimating the amount of data needed. With Qumulo, performance scales linearly with added capacity, so adapting to changing video data needs is not a problem. Adding more cameras is easy.

Qumulo also provides unparalleled visibility into enterprise data. If performance slows, the problem can be quickly identified. This ensures that companies are not left with damaged footage. In addition, downtime is drastically reduced because problem resolution is accomplished in the shortest amount of time.

What’s more, Qumulo is solution independent. It doesn’t matter what solution a company uses to store its data. Even if one department relies on AWS and another relies on Azure, data management can easily be conducted through Qumulo. This also allows for the virtual elimination of data silos within an organization, as all data is managed by a single tool.

A system with built-in resilience is critical. Sudden downtime can lead to major losses. Qumulo is designed to ensure maximum uptime. In addition to built-in protection and security features such as erasure coding, snapshots, continuous replication, and encryption, Qumulo offers non-disruptive upgrades.

 

 

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