Security Dealer & Integrator

NOV 2018

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28 Security Dealer & Integrator / November 2018 Video Surveillance and faster GPUs with practically limitless storage. Hard disk drives (HDD) must be capable of writing data at high speeds to keep up with these AI applications and simultaneously support both AI and video workloads. Software-defined storage technology has enabled rapid creation and migration of edge storage environments at the point where live data and Big Data analytics intersect to meet the need of local and mobile analytic workloads. The growing amount of data creation across the IoT universe in a mobile, real-time world is a fundamental driver of edge storage. Recognizing the benefits of edge-based processing and analysis, storage solutions providers are developing or already offer drives that offer high throughput and enhanced caching to deliver low latency and excellent read performance to quickly locate and deliver video images and footage analysis that does not require the power of an off-site data center. Selecting a Hard Drive The seemingly unlimited demand for data and the sheer amount of video being captured by surveillance systems are driving the need for more advanced and cost-effective storage options that are optimized for machine learning, deep learning, high-resolution video, advanced analytics streaming and much more. End-users and systems integrators alike are looking for reliable, high-capacity drives that are purpose-built for surveillance that support multiple cameras, 24/7 availability and the capability to maximize streaming and frame rate performance. Given the increasing criticality of video for security and other uses, deploying the right recording and storage solution for the right purposes is critical. Organizations simply cannot afford to lose any data or video integrity, which surveillance AI systems hinge their accuracy and predictive powers on, and not all storage hard drives are created equal. Additionally, storing more data for longer lengths of time is necessary for AI systems to become “smart,” increasing their predictive analytic capabilities. With all these factors in mind, there are a few best practices integrators can employ to ensure they are selecting the most appropriate hard disk drive for a particular customer application – and the workload associated with it – to ensure long-term success. 1 Select a solution that is purpose-built for the demands of video surveillance applications. Purpose-built drives with advanced technologies to allow both video streaming and AI analysis ensure the best possible drive reliability and performance, while delivering optimal TCO and valuable, actionable intelligence. Consider that a typical desktop PC hard drive – which has no camera support – is built to work only eight hours a day, five days a week, or 2,000 hours over a full year. A surveillance hard drive, on the other hand, gets no down time, working 24 hours a day, which is more than four times as many hours as a desktop drive over the course of one year. The differences in the way these two types of drives operate means they must be capable of performing under the extreme workload stresses to which they will be subjected in a deployment. Choosing anything less than a surveillance-optimized drive for video applications will result in a sub-optimal outcomes and even outright failures for video streaming quality, workload performance and analytical capabilities. 2 Look for health monitoring. Drives that offer some sort of health monitoring should be considered to provide prevention, intervention and recovery from potential data loss related to unexpected physical damage as a result of vandalism or natural disasters. 3 Account for proper installation, including cooling and vibration. It is important to remember that beyond picking the right drive, proper drive handling and installation in surveillance systems is critical to overall performance, reliability and TCO. Always keep in mind that the drive must be cooled properly and the proper tools must be used for drive installation to avoid multi-bay vibration issues. ■ » Jessica Burton is Global Surveillance Product Manager for Seagate Technology. Request more info about the company at Storage solutions providers are developing drives that deliver low latency and excellent read performance to quickly locate and deliver video images and footage analysis that does not require the power of an off-site data center.

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