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This IDC Market Perspective discusses smart video cameras and how they are becoming more common and are being deployed to support applications as diverse as security and business process management. This shift from conventional cameras to cameras that can support onboard analytics and storage is changing the dynamics of network infrastructure, especially storage. Effectively planning for video data storage will become critical for the cost-effective application of video data to the evolving applications of the future. IDC proposes an approach to developing a plan that takes into account current storage needs as well as unanticipated needs that will develop over time.

According to John Rydning, research vice president, Global DataSphere at IDC, understanding the data profile of current and future applications is a necessary first step in planning video data storage. As Rydning notes, "Storage planning can be complex and must include the impacts of smart cameras, which may lead to the need for distributed storage assets."

Mike Jude, research director for Video Surveillance at IDC, also observes, "Smart video cameras are quickly becoming more common, so assessing how they will be supported in the evolving enterprise IT infrastructure will enable advanced business analytic adoption without overstressing the company's communication and computing networks."


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