The lines between security and IT organizations are being blurred. With the rapid proliferation of video surveillance data and the rise of intelligent video management systems, security personnel now find themselves responsible for fast-growing IT infrastructure. In addition to keeping people and property safe, they now must also protect and manage terabytes—or even petabytes—of critical data. 

Remember When Video Was Simple?

It wasn’t long ago that video was recorded directly onto the camera or fed into a central hub with closed-circuit television (CCTV). Yes, back then, video surveillance was simple—it wasn’t always reliable, but it sure was simple. As concerns around reliability, privacy, and centralization of data have become more prevalent, video surveillance has had to evolve. For many security operations, this evolution has resulted in an increasingly complicated infrastructure with myriad technical processes that require more time and effort to set up and maintain. 

Who’s in Charge Here?

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the security team to decide what video surveillance solutions to deploy and how to deploy them. But when it comes to the infrastructure to support those solutions, it is not always clear where that technology should live and who should manage it.


Enterprise storage can be foreign territory for the security organization. Security personnel would rather spend less time managing IT infrastructure and more time doing their jobs. However, at many organizations, IT doesn’t have the bandwidth to take on another complicated workflow. Furthermore, any additional budget is better spent upgrading cameras and adding capabilities—not adding headcount. 

Making Enterprise Storage Simple Again

Five network video recorders (NVRs) are easy to manage. Fifty are a headache. When you get to 100 or more NVRs, it can be a nightmare. That’s the sweet spot for NetApp video surveillance storage solutions. NetApp® E-Series’ high-density, 60-drive shelves can support up to 558 cameras each. Instead of managing hundreds of devices independently, you can manage more than 270PB of storage from a single pane of glass.


NetApp E-Series systems offer purpose-built, high-performance, high-density storage, making them ideal for video surveillance workloads. E-Series storage is reliable, easy to deploy, and easy to manage, so you can grow your video surveillance deployment without adding complexity. 

Case in Point: Tufts University

When Tufts University refreshed its video surveillance deployment, the university needed an enterprise-grade storage solution with the speed to provide continuous, uninterrupted access to real-time video feeds and with the reliability and cost-efficiency to archive and retain video for evidence in court.


After choosing exacqVision video management software, Tufts campus police partnered with the university’s central IT department to provide the infrastructure that was needed to support the new solution. Today, the NetApp E-Series video surveillance solution makes it easy for the department to manage 238TB of video data with no additional headcount.


According to Cope Frazier, storage specialist at Tufts University, “Doubling our infrastructure has caused us some growth issues, but the storage has been the easiest part. It has been really easy to stay flexible in response to the needs of campus police. They can add cameras as they need them and don’t have to be locked into a particular configuration.”


Visit to learn more about how you can simplify your video surveillance storage solution with NetApp E-Series. If you’re ready to dive into the details, read our NetApp E-Series Storage for Video Surveillance 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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