Western Digital: Why You Need Optimized Storage to Keep Up With Analytics at the Edge

The need for increased accuracy is driving the need for higher resolution cameras and the adoption of more flash storage into cameras and more HDD storage capacity into NVRs.

Deep learning, which, in the storage context, started in the datacenter, is now increasing analytics adoption at the edge. NVR and camera vendors are delivering more built-in analytics capabilities through sophisticated, pretrained deep learning algorithms optimized for workloads going beyond the traditional surveillance.

Video data, which has long been essential to security, is now driving new value streams such as improving quality control in manufacturing or optimizing product placement in retail. At the same time, chipsets continue to increase capabilities at lower costs.

Together this is enabling new use cases that rely on specialized trained algorithms to deliver higher value.

What do these customized deep algorithms have in common? They are data hungry. They can be trained to identify insights and correlations as they analyze data from multiple data sources and contribute to more accurate decisions as they receive more granular data inputs.

This need for increased accuracy is driving the need for higher resolution cameras and the adoption of more flash storage into cameras and more HDD storage capacity into NVRs. As these new algorithms are adopted in mainstream markets, they also increase the number of data streams and, therefore, the performance impact on the storage device.

Systems compatibility, optimized firmware, storage endurance and remote health monitoring are key storage attributes to architect a solution that will help safeguard these ever-value-increasing datasets and keep up with new advanced algorithms.

It’s no surprise that many integrators and solutions vendors focus their reference architecture for NVR and camera installations to include storage solutions that are optimized and prequalified to support these new workloads and systems that record 24/7/365.

Today every stream, every second and every pixel counts. Make sure your customers’ storage is designed for it. Who knows what new insights could be unlocked to benefit them in the future.


Author
Stefaan Vervaet, Senior Director of Marketing, Smart Video, Western Digital

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