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How to Store Video Surveillance More Effectively, Part 2

Object storage systems address specific concerns in law enforcement associated with data privacy, secure access, reliability, and economical scale.


The Benefits of Switching to Object Storage Systems

Object storage systems address specific concerns in law enforcement associated with data privacy, secure access, reliability, and economical scale. Some of the biggest worries in storing data are the possibilities that data could be lost, corrupted, stolen, or easily accessed (making privacy a concern), that existing storage could be depleted, and that content could be difficult and time-consuming to locate.

These systems store video keys with value pairs so there is a unique identifier for each video rather than a server name, series of directories, and file name, making it easier to locate specific files. All you need is the unique ID. Object storage systems are also economical because they run on standard servers, and in the event of a change or update in technology, data can be easily migrated to newer, more efficient hardware.

Characteristic of all object storage solutions is that they scale in a single location or multiple locations, they are highly automated, and they include “self-healing” technology. And best-of-breed solutions include compliance features like write once read many, legal hold, and integrity seals that can be used in courts of law to demonstrate a video hasn’t been tampered with.

Storing your video data with object storage makes it more useful because it:

  1. Consolidates data in an easy-to-search, resilient storage solution. Storing data in disparate silos means that when you need to find a file, it’ll be like finding a needle in a haystack, which can lead to heavy penalties and fines. Files need to be consolidated and have metadata stored directly with the file so that they will be easily searchable.
  2. Ensures your storage is admissible in a court of law. Agencies need to make sure their storage meets compliance standards with features like WORM, legal hold, and integrity seals to prove in a court of law that digital evidence hasn’t been tampered with.

These features can prevent data from being modified or deleted, and they can also protect the original data set. Replicas of the data are made in the event of losses or malfunctions, and when transferring data, integrity seals can prevent tampering or transmission errors. Even in the event of catastrophic failures, data can be recovered from a remote location with ease. All these features mean that there will be no question that the videos presented in court are accurate.

  1. Makes sure your storage solution can scale out as your video needs grow. This accommodates growth in the number of cameras used, resolution of capture, retention rates, and overhead for proper resilience and protection. As your data grows, your storage will need to grow with it.

To scale out video-surveillance capabilities, law enforcement agencies have a number of choices, such as software-defined solutions and cloud technologies. Agencies need to choose whether to use a public or private cloud and then look at the capabilities they require. Prepare for the future today, and make sure your solution can scale to meet your needs for the next 5 to 10 years.

Law enforcement officials, and the lawyers and judges who work with them, need to find smarter ways to consolidate, protect, and search data being stored. To achieve this, data must remain online, accessible, and searchable with proper metadata attached. Object storage is one of the most cost-effective and secure ways to meet those requirements.

[Editor’s note: Want to learn more? Make sure to join Caringo Product Manager Ryan Meek for Object Storage for Digital Evidence & Security on March 22. Register now to watch live or on-demand after the event.]

This article was originally published by Security Today.

Jonathan Ring
Jonathan Ring

About The Author

With a rare understanding of technology, customers and business, Jonathan Ring brings over 33 years of experience to Caringo. Prior to founding Caringo, Jonathan was an active angel investor and VC investing and advising in a broad range of companies. Jonathan has run multinational distributed development groups, small R&D teams and huge divisions at industry giants.

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