Seagate targets video analytics applications with seventh generation of surveillance drives
With the Middle East’s IT storage industry evolving at a rapid pace, Seagate-a worldwide specialist in storage solutions-has taken the wraps off its seventh-generation of hard disk drives which are designed specifically to meet business and government demands for surveillance & video analytics applications. The new Seagate Surveillance HDD is purpose-built for storing and accessing video analytics, improving data integrity, and keeping systems in the field longer.
Businesses across the Middle East are facing a challenge of how to store an increasing amount of digital assets as they race to unlock value from growing data archives. Business intelligence firm IDC has predicted that the global big data market will grow 40% per year, which is around seven times as fast as the rest of the IT industry. The Middle East will also feature among the fastest growing IT markets in the world, with spending predicted to exceed $32bn in 2014 .
“There is a growing need to analyze and make use of large amounts of video data, including applications where cities can predict and improve traffic flows, airports can reduce wait times, and emergency responders can react faster- the possibilities are endless,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. “We pioneered this market more than a decade ago, delivering the world’s first surveillance HDD, and can leverage our vast knowledge of this technology and market to provide our customers with the optimal solution for recording and accessing surveillance data.”
The Surveillance HDD is available in capacities up to 4TB and can store up to 480 hours of high-definition (HD) content making it the industry’s highest-capacity drive designed specifically for surveillance applications. Designed to support surveillance recordings from a number of cameras no matter their resolution requirements, the 3.5-inch drive supports up to 32 channels and easily handles the higher write workloads required by surveillance systems. It also supports the flexibility required to scale a surveillance solution, supporting more data for longer periods of time and meeting industry archive and resolution requirements. These features, coupled with the integrated R/V sensors, improve drive performance in multi-drive and RAID systems and increase the value of surveillance data by delivering the highest data integrity possible.
“We look forward to adopting Seagate’s new surveillance optimized drives with improved performance and reliability,” said Jeff Range, vice president of global operations at March Networks. “The Surveillance HDD, with its high capacity drive and robust features, will provide our customers with the critical reliability we have come to expect from Seagate as well as the expanded storage and ability to save data for even longer periods.”
Designed to scale video storage, the drive now incorporates rotational vibration (RV) sensors enabling it to reliably perform in systems with up to 16 drives, making it ideal for small-to-medium businesses such as manufacturing plants where bulk storage for HD video and video analytics are highly valued.
The drive’s improved time-to-read system allows installers to customize power settings and better support motion-activated cameras – ensuring their customers never miss a frame. Drives spin down for energy-saving efficiency when no motions are detected by cameras, while quickly powering back up to ensure a frame is never missed when a motion-sensing camera is triggered.
Boasting industry-leading reliability, the Surveillance HDD has a 1 million hour MTBF (mean time between failure) allowing the product to be kept in the field longer while reducing the cost of field deployment and maintaining customer retention. The drive is also engineered for low power consumption and heat emissions allowing solution providers greater design flexibility.
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