To accommodate the deluge of data collection for smart cities and other AI deployments, system integrators and solution architects need to ensure they have the proper storage configuration. Otherwise, customers will be subject to dropped frames and data loss, which inhibits deep learning and predictive analysis. Here are the top storage best practices for security professionals.

  1. IMPLEMENT IT 4.0 ARCHITECTURE – In this era of unprecedented data collection and analysis, a new storage architecture is needed. Because of the plethora of sensors used for advanced applications, integrators can no longer rely on the cloud alone as a viable or even cost-effective solution. Instead, integrators need to deploy high performing storage solutions at each stage of the data flow, from the endpoints, edge, and cloud. This is referred to as IT 4.0. For more information, refer to the IT 4.0 Storage Framework infographic.
  2. SELECT THE RIGHT HARD DRIVE – Not all hard drives are created equal. When it comes to powering your DVR, NVR, or server, choose a hard drive that is purpose built for surveillance. Standard desktop drives are best suited for applications that operate 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. This is not the case for surveillance systems, especially for heavy analysis use cases. For AI and smart city deployments, cameras are recording 24×7, and storage systems often have longer retention periods for deep learning. Integrators would do well to utilize a hard drive like Seagate’s SkyHawk and SkyHawk AI, which are seventh-generation products optimized for surveillance with 3× the workload of typical desktop drives. They record up to 64 HD cameras—storing 10,000 hours of video—and feature ImagePerfect™ firmware to improve streaming. SkyHawk AI also supports 32 streams of AI metadata. Built-in rotation vibration sensors ensure SkyHawk and SkyHawk AI perform optimally in 16+ NVR bay environments. For centralized storage locations that need to scale to petabytes of data from thousands of cameras, Seagate Exos enterprise-class drives features higher capcities, SED and cybersecurity features. Seagate Nytro solid-state drives also improve speed and performance for blade servers managing hot data.
  3. EMPLOY DRIVE MONITORING SOFTWARE – To ensure the longevity of the overall surveillance and storage system, select hard drives with embedded monitoring software, such as SkyHawk Health Management (SHM). Built into SkyHawk drives, SHM provides continual updates on how the drive is operating and makes recommendations to improve functionality and limit deterioration. SHM may alert the user to modify the temperature settings to keep the drive from overheating. Before a drive fails, SHM will recognize the symptoms and recommend a backup. By using SHM, integrators can proactively support surveillance systems with prevention, intervention, and recovery from adverse conditions. Gaining live alerts on potential issues or threats reduces the need for costly maintenance services.
  4. ENROLL IN DATA PROTECTION SERVICES – For additional peace of mind, integrators should opt into data recovery services. In the event of a power outage, vandalism, equipment malfunction, or natural disaster, customers can still retrieve their data for up to two years with Seagate’s Rescue Data Recovery Services plan.

From small businesses to large enterprises to smart cities, entities are relying on data to improve operations, safety, and the user experience. Thanks to AI, integrators and solution architects are using IoT devices, surveillance cameras, and other sensors to capture data in more creative ways. However, this data is rendered useless unless it is securely recorded, analyzed, and delivered for actionable results. It is critical that robust storage systems are implemented from edge to cloud for intensive recording and heavy analysis applications. When powered by the right drives optimized for 24×7 workloads, these storage systems can accommodate everything from real-time data aggregation and analytics to deep learning in the cloud. By implementing the best storage architecture and technologies, businesses can leverage data in real time to respond more quickly to high-risk scenarios and make smarter decisions that have a tangible impact.


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