Novelties of the IT market. What is NAS storage for video archives?
In the global IT market, not only surveillance and monitoring technologies are developing, but also low cost-effective and efficient data storage methods are emerging. Today we’ll talk in more detail about NAS drives, a promising solution for organizing video storage.
Definition and terminology
A NAS drive is a hard drive that can be the primary/secondary storage for long-term storage or archive storage booster.
NAS stands for Network Attached Storage.
Primary sources of market development
This technology for video archives storage is gaining rapid popularity. It happens due to special software in NAS equipment, which makes working with video cameras more convenient.
The main reasons for its popularity:
- skyrocketing demand for cloud data centers;
- promotion of cloud storage as a commercial service;
- sale of modern NAS-storages with mixed types of memory;
- the drive is reliably protected from theft. If a regular hard drive can be stolen, then the NAS server can operate remotely over a secured distance.
Read more about cloud video surveillance for business in our article “Cloud video surveillance for your business: install in 3 steps.“
Areas and applications
The NAS can only be used in conjunction with IP cameras. Due to the primary function (the ability to store more information), drives are used in large companies and projects.
Where hundreds of GBs of information come to archives from surveillance cameras every day, appropriate storage is needed (for example, in “smart offices“).
In private homes, storage is used to control the smart home system as the base for many network applications.
The benefits of using a NAS are not immediately visible to the consumer. At the moment, the popularity of the technology in the market is constrained by the high price.
But if you carry out economic calculations, it becomes clear: the purchase of NAS storage is a one-time overpayment for the sake of further savings.
One NAS replaces multiple standard hard drives without compromising storage capacity. Thus, NAS equipment is a cost-effective solution for a complex of tasks.
In addition to the advantages already listed, there are several other benefits to a NAS system:
- depending on the software, you can control different cameras from the same equipment: conventional, panoramic, PTZ, as well as control the analytics function;
- the technology is multitasking; it is excellent for medium and large businesses;
- NAS allows you to create a unified and easy-to-use IT infrastructure for a company;
- the service is easily scalable; storage capacities can be added to the system as needed
Several NAS drives can be connected to one recorder, and there are no restrictions on the number of storage devices.
NAS can be installed remotely and connected to video surveillance archives from different branches of companies throughout the country or even the world.
For more information about remote monitoring with recorders, read “Remote video surveillance with a video recorder. 5 steps of setup” and “Recorder for CCTV cameras.”
A NAS is more than just massive storage; it’s a comprehensive, multitasking business solution. The system is controlled from any convenient device. If you need to store a large amount of information, upgrade it to a cost-effective NAS solution.