IT/Networking: Storage Wars!

Here's our update on DVRs, NVRs, clouds and virtual storage

Folsom: “You’ll be able to run analytics against stored video. You will be able to take disparate videos into a common interface. That is what I-View Now is all about. You no longer need a passport to cross technologies. We’ll also see reductions in the cost of stored video.”

Renkis: “Cameras are not going down in bit rate. We sell more five megapixel cameras than ever. Even if you are 128 GB cards, they are not going to hold that much. The faster the connection, the better everything will be for everybody. We will announce our S9i5at ISC West 2013. It has intelligence communicate with hundreds of models of cameras and allows storage in the cloud or NAS or USB 3.0. It’s a third the price of any NVR.”

Strange: “As long as customers become educated and continue to learn they will drive DVRs to compete with software-based solutions. Better motion detection, management tools and multi-site features should be at the top of the list.”

Ze’evi: “There will be more solid-state storage as the cost comes down. That will mean a return to storage at the edge with smaller, more reliable recorders than the mechanical spinning-disk hard drives we use today.”


Q. What are your thoughts on the security of the cloud?

Caswell: “Pivot3 supplies highly available systems that eliminate any single point of failure locally and where security-conscious customers simply dual-stream cameras to a second location if an offsite disaster recovery point is required. However, this is expensive and is generally deployed only by sensitive government and transportation customers. The Venn diagram intersection of customers who want to use the cloud to save money and who, at the same time, are willing to pay for a second copy of their video data is extremely small. This is not like Dropbox where a second copy of data is basically free to provide. Video is expensive to back up and customers who care about disaster recovery will stick with dedicated equipment they own either on site or in a private cloud.”

DeFina: “We believe that the technology is still in its infancy stage and market opportunities have yet to be considered a mainstream product. Redundancy is always available but most businesses cannot afford a full redundancy in this market place. Companies have the ability to do full backup redundancy for cloud capability but the market that is utilizing cloud type systems are looking at a low cost solution that is attainable.”

Folsom: “We all bank in the cloud. The credit card industry has set the standard. It is universally viewed as a secure technology. Of course, it depends on the customer’s requirements.”

Renkis: “Anyone who says their network is secure—wherever it is—is kidding themselves. But the U.S. government is using cloud applications. A small business is almost better having its video on the cloud where there are full-time professionals working on security rather than relying on their own IT guy (who is worrying about POS and desktops) to do it.”

Strange: “Cloud security is still a numbers game with cost-to-benefit analysis. We see more value in our cloud solution not only for offsite storage but as better management of the surveillance solution. We know instantly when a camera goes offline, where in many cases our integrators replace DVR systems that have been repeatedly off for a week or more with no knowledge. Since it’s a monthly cost to our customers we want to provide them more than the old ‘set and forget it’ model. We want to keep that recurring revenue for years so following up on an outage with an email isn’t a big deal. Since it is also a service we have added value to the cloud-hosting. We host cameras from one per customer up to 500 with multiple sites around the country. The larger enterprises even do a mix of onsite and offsite with all sites viewed as one as far as the login is concerned. The value is the additional services. A true cloud-provider is going to have secure log in as well as data redundancy for the customer video so the customer has one less thing to worry about….which ties back to the benefits of using a cloud solution. It’s all to make the customer’s life have a little less stressful!”