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Reduce Your Video Surveillance Storage Costs With These Best Practices

Published: 18 August 2017

ID: G00335038

Analyst(s): Santhosh Rao , Nick Ingelbrecht , Alan Dayley , Julia Palmer


Storage represents at least one-third of the total cost of a video surveillance solution. By using key storage management features in combination with the right retention periods and appropriate endpoint solutions, I&O leaders can manage complexity and reduce costs.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Choose NVRs for Small-Scale Deployments, and Select Best-of-Breed VMS, Storage and Camera Technologies for Large-Scale Deployments
  • Minimize Storage Costs by Optimizing Encoding Profiles, Retention Periods and Camera Placements
    • Enterprise Storage Architecture Considerations for Video Surveillance
  • Work With Legal and Compliance to Align Retention Policies With Regulatory Requirements, Thus Limiting Cost and Risk
  • Use SaaS-Based Cloud Video Surveillance Solutions to Reduce Management Complexity but Account for Potentially Higher TCO and Possible Vendor Lock-In

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