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Quantum and Milestone Fosters Storage Potential for Analytical Surveillance Environments

Quantum and Milestone Fosters Storage Quantum’s StorNext 5 tiered storage platform combine with Milestone’s XProtect IP video management software (VMS) will offer additional long-term data retention options as a seamless part of the video surveillance infrastructure. The file-based plug-in developed by Milestone’s Custom Development team provides a cost-effective storage option to overcome storage challenges posed by migrating from analog to digital network cameras and by increasing IP camera resolutions. This also helps to extend the utility of surveillance video beyond security applications.

Moving ahead from traditional storing video surveillance data forms to retain data for as little as 30 days, integrating Quantum’s StorNext 5 policy-based data management system with Milestone XProtect VMS results in a system which provides transparent access and long-term retention of video surveillance assets without depending on costly primary storage for infrequently accessed data. The combination results in a more cost-effective approach to keeping surveillance data archived and available for use with new analysis tools.

As video surveillance data is ingested, XProtect writes it to Quantum’s storage platform. Data is ingested to the primary tier of storage, and a copy of the data is written to a lower-cost secondary tier — including high-capacity disk, file-based tape, object storage and cloud — providing both immediate data protection and long-term retention. As the data ages, the files in the primary storage tier expire but are retained in the secondary tier — on-premise or off-premise — greatly reducing the impact of moving an additional day’s worth of surveillance data.

Reinier Tuinzing, Strategic Alliances Manager, Milestone Systems Inc said, “With rising demand for higher resolution IP video cameras and increasing amounts of metadata associated with the video, security centers are striving to improve their IT infrastructure storage capabilities. The StorNext plug-in provides the option for storing video data to cost-effective storage like tape or cloud, providing customers increased flexibility in low-cost storage alternatives.”

The StorNext policy engine can be configured to optimize the balance between access speed in the primary tier and retention economy in the secondary storage tiers. With StorNext, XProtect can efficiently access data that has been retained on secondary storage platforms. In addition, because StorNext virtualizes the secondary tier, the tier can evolve as business needs change, and archived data can be easily accessed as on the primary tier. This tiered approach eliminates the need to groom or alter video in preparation for long-term archiving.

Wayne Arvidson, Vice President, Surveillance and Security Solutions, Quantum said “As video surveillance technologies grow more sophisticated, customers need to know that their VMS and storage systems won’t keep them from realizing their full potential, particularly as advanced analytic tools are opening up new options for utilizing retained data. In Milestone, Quantum has a partner that shares our commitment to advancing technology to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our customers.”

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