Organizations are increasingly turning to IP-based video surveillance technologies to better monitor and protect people buildings and critical infrastructure. The trend towards higher video resolution and longer data retention are driving capacity requirements dramatically higher – increasing overall system cost and complexity. IT budgets are increasing at a much slower rate than the data, challenging organizations to find better-faster-cheaper ways to get the job done.

Video surveillance systems create unique storage challenges for IT administrators with a real-time, resource and write intensive workload running around the clock. Organizations have historically relied on block-based RAID iSCSi storage systems with tape for archive. As the number of high resolution IP cameras per deployment explode and the need to keep data online longer, storage requirements have grown substantially. Implementations now range from 500 terabytes to multiple petabytes.

The core issues with block storage at this scale are the large number of data silos created due to volume size limits and that RAID for data protection simply won’t scale for current multi-terabyte drives. The large numbers of RAID silos and their parallel data streams need to be carefully balanced manually along with the tape archive. As multiple large drives fail, the risk of data loss increases significantly as RAID rebuild times can now take days to weeks to complete. System throughput is poor while in degraded mode during rebuilds. All this places a huge strain on limited IT resources.

For large-scale video surveillance operators such as municipalities, transportation agencies, state and federal governments, and large retail and gaming operations, the old methods of storing and protecting data are unworkable.

Video Surveillance Storage Requirements

Extreme scalability for large video datasets and longer retention needs
No single point of failure, high data integrity and durability
Performance that scales independently up to 10s of GB/s aggregate throughput
Easily integrates with existing applications without any modification
Self heals in the background with minimal impact to system performance
Single pane system management with non disruptive changes
TCO approximately 50% less than traditional storage systems


The new generation of object storage solutions like AmpliStor were built specifically to solve this big video data challenge. Its modular architecture and fully abstracted software stack delivers unbreakable durability, infinite, scalability, and extreme efficiency at a lower cost. Optimized for Intel-based commercial-off-the-shelf hardware AmpliStor is designed to take full advantage of the latest Intel* Xeon* Processors with performance scaling linearly with each new controller in the system.

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