Angela MaGill

Video Management and the Death of a President

Blog Post created by Angela MaGill Employee on Aug 4, 2017

The video footage of the JFK Assassination dramatically shaped the news in our country and continues to have an impact on how we view world events today.


Ron Rosenbaum writing for states, “It’s been called  the most important 26 seconds of film in history: The 486 frames of 8-millimeter Bell + Howell home movie footage shot in the midday sun of Dallas on November 22, 1963, by a dressmaker named Abraham Zapruder. Twenty-six seconds that included a historic, horrific, all-too-clear vision of a presidential assassination."



         Photo credit: Zapruder Film, Smithsonian Magazine


In Dallas, 1963, it was plastic film from Abraham Zapruder’s home movie camera.  Today, it could be digital video from police body cameras, city-wide surveillance cameras, your neighbor’s iPhone, or even a teenager's skateboard-mounted Go-Pro.  In all cases, one thing is clear – video data is an incredibly important part of our world today, and has become mission-critical information for operations and public safety.


However, the challenges of capturing, preserving, analyzing, and managing video data have a very real impact on modern public safety concerns.


With 60% of Fortune 500 companies now requiring video as part of their security strategy, and almost every company making video a key component of their digital presence, incorporating video management into IT strategies has reached a tipping point.


For data center managers, it is critical to understand the implications of video management on IT infrastructure design.


Businesses require:

  • Higher resolution video: Necessary for image clarity and allowing businesses to do in depth analysis including deep search, which recognizes details such as logos, faces, and license plates in recorded video files
  • Longer retention times: Critical for supporting archive policies in industries where video is governed by strict regulations and must archive data for a period of time to meet compliance requirements. It is also important for industries where time comparison analysis is used for trending, impact analysis and decision making (e.g. troop movements, environmental changes and even inventory control and theft tracking).
  • More cameras. Many industries are now required to maintain video records of their entire premises in case of an attack, loss of service, or lawsuit. This results in an increased number of cameras monitoring daily operations and collecting information to be maintained.
  • Ability to capture data quickly: As image sizes and the number of cameras sending data increases, it becomes important to have greater bandwidth to handle data ingest. This is especially true of time sensitive capture devices that are only available for a short time or have limited memory to store data. Network bandwidth is also critical for data processing workflows.
  • Data protection (access control and resiliency): Depending on the criticality of the data and its sensitivity (privacy concerns) specific policies will have to be in place to ensure the data is available and that only specific individuals can access it.


All of these requirements increase the demand for storage capacity by driving more data to the data center storage devices. As a result, the data center must be designed with scalable solutions that can support the demands of video data.  It is also important to understand whether or not IT data reduction technologies will help reduce storage consumption. In most cases video data does not benefit from deduplication and compression so it will be important to choose a storage medium that hits the right cost and resiliency profile.


For organizations that make their business from video data, leverage video as part of their digital presence or use video for security purposes, the Hitachi Video Management Platform, or VMP is a great solution.


VMP uses Hitachi VSP G-Series storage, a highly scalable and resilient enterprise-class solution backed by a 100% data availability guarantee. It enables businesses to retain increasing amounts of video footage for longer periods of time and feel confident the data will be available whenever needed.


The VSP  is well suited to deal with the specific I/O profile of video surveillance data, specifically heavy random, large block size and write intensive (95%). Read activity typically occurs when video data is reviewed after some incident or event and so can be sporadic and unpredictable. VSP is capable of managing both requirements without loss of throughput. Video data is stored on disk or flash, depending on the configuration chosen, with features such as RAID-6 for high availability and Hitachi Dynamic Tiering to optimize the placement of video data as it ages over time.


Fibre Channel networking from Brocade provides high-performance throughput to Hitachi rack-optimized servers running industry standard VMware vSphere virtualization software. vSphere provides both availability and resiliency (through features such as HA – high availability and FT – fault tolerance) to ensure that no single infrastructure issue can impact system uptime.





Hitachi is so confident in the quality of the VSP storage portfolio, we offer a 100% data availability guarantee which means that if there is a loss of data availability caused by a malfunction of the storage system that makes it unable to read or write data, we will credit your company for replacement equipment.  Who does that?  Hitachi does.


What's the bottom line? 


Consider how many times you've seen the footage of JFKs assassination.  Imagine all of the other historical events that will be captured on video, as well as the non-historical moments in which video will bring the truth to light, prevent an unwarranted lawsuit, save time in responding to operational or security issues, locate lost or suspicious items, prevent an abuse of power or a false accusation.


In today's world, video capture and sharing happens in real time, which requires more robust data access, ongoing video management and data retention, as well as real time analytics for insights and alerts on everything from customer patterns in retail stores to traffic composition and people flows in our cities.


The data center matters when it comes to ensuring data availability, making sense of the information and being able to use the data to make a difference.


VMP protects your video data with high availability, redundancies, and fault tolerance. It was built from the ground up to meet the unique needs of video. 


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