Organizations around the world are growing their video surveillance solutions at a faster rate than ever before. With more cameras and higher bandwidth requirements comes the need for more storage, which can get costly very quickly. On the surface, traditional NVR-based or DVR-based video storage solutions may seem cost-effective when compared to enterprise-grade storage, but the more cameras you add, the more costly they become to manage. And it’s not just about the costs to own and manage that equipment. Do you know the true cost of downtime in your video surveillance environment?

What’s Really at Stake?

Prisons and correctional facilities around the world rely on video surveillance to keep their staff safe and guard against frivolous lawsuits. Using video, prison management can easily dismiss claims from inmates by proving that events never took place or happened differently than inmates describe. And by keeping tabs on inmate activities, security staff can make sure that their personnel are safe and monitored at all times. If their video surveillance goes down for any amount of time, the prison risks losing valuable evidence that can be used to protect the prison from legal penalties. Worse, failed surveillance can put their staff in harm’s way.


Manufacturing companies also rely on video surveillance to streamline operations and make sure that both staff and machinery are operating at maximum efficiency. This type of operational monitoring not only helps cut costs by reducing wasted time and effort, but it also means that the organization doesn’t need to hire as many managers to supervise factory floors and warehouses. Without available and resilient video surveillance, these companies lose out on valuable insight that they could use to run their businesses better and more cost-effectively.

Buy the Best and Only Cry Once

Off-the-shelf video surveillance storage solutions, although providing a low entry point, can often end up costing much more than enterprise-grade equipment over the lifecycle of the solution. With a traditional video surveillance storage solution, you need to add more and more DVRs to keep up with capacity growth. Cheap, white-box storage has a high rate of failure, meaning that equipment will need to be replaced more often, particularly when it is pushed to its limit in terms of capacity and performance. When those systems do need to be swapped out, you’re using up valuable IT hours that could be spent providing value to the business (to say nothing of the downtime incurred while the systems are undergoing repair). These costs add up, and, suddenly, that “cheap” solution isn’t looking so cheap after all.


With a proven video surveillance storage solution built on NetApp® E-Series storage systems, you can be sure that you’ll have the capacity you need, when you need it, without having to worry about losing critical data or wasting time maintaining your infrastructure. E-Series is a tested platform that’s purpose-built for your video surveillance solution. You get petabytes of capacity with always-on availability, so you never need to stress about adding more cameras or increasing your resolution.


Learn more about how NetApp’s video surveillance storage solutions can help you save money while improving your reliability and scalability in this new white paper.

Julie Fagan

Julie Fagan has a long career in high-tech solutions marketing. She loves working at NetApp where she gets to focus on bringing the best video surveillance and high performance computing storage solutions to the world along with her awesome co-workers.

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