Significant benefits of modern video storage systems

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Legacy video storage systems often have limitations in meeting today’s threat landscape. Video surveillance data is helpful for more than security — many organisations leverage video analytics to analyse behaviour and predict and prevent security incidents.  According to storage specialists, BCD Video, these additional requirements strain legacy systems further, causing compatibility issues and placing strain on an already limited setup.  Here, experts at BCD Video look at the limitation of legacy systems and how they can be overcome by upgrading the video data infrastructure with the capabilities of a modern storage system. 

Some of the principal limitations of legacy video storage solutions include:

  • Outdated signature-based defences: These defences are used against known attacks or vulnerabilities. Signature-based defenses become ineffective as the security landscape changes and more advanced threats arise.
  • Lack of automation: Technological advancements make systems faster every year. Lack of automation in legacy systems increases incident response time and creates considerable workloads for analysts.
  • Data silos: Siloed data is stored in standalone systems and is often incompatible with other data sets. Effective security means total visibility of the attack surface. Data silos provide partial visibility, leaving vulnerabilities open.
  • Compatibility: As an organisation adopts new technologies, lack of compatibility becomes a significant problem. When the elements of a system cannot communicate, a legacy system may not receive patching updates. Support from in-house experts and manufacturers becomes scarce. Criminals are quick to identify these vulnerabilities, placing operations at risk.

The key capabilities of modern video storage systems

According BCD Video, many of the key capabilities of modern security systems grew from weaknesses in their predecessors. Modern video surveillance infrastructure and data retention capabilities are critical for business intelligence. The latest video management system (VMS) software offers significant benefits for security executives, supporting the deployment of larger cameras and expanding system capabilities.

The company suggests that an innovative security system should have the following capabilities:

Service centralisation

A centralised platform can transform enterprise security management, and integrated systems maximize your security team’s value by eliminating inefficiencies in their daily operations.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning

Utilising AI enhances threat detection and analysis through accuracy and efficiency, reducing false alarms and increasing operational effectiveness. Advanced facial and object recognition and behaviour analysis improve video analytic capabilities. AI and machine learning can simplify installation and configuration, enabling fast project turnaround and rapid system readiness.


Security automation leverages technology to perform recurring security tasks, such as endpoint scanning and incident response. It allows teams to perform routine tasks more effectively with limited human intervention. Automation can improve threat detection, enhance containment, accelerate investigation and streamline remediation workflows. It optimises the workforce and frees security staff to focus on high-priority work.

Cloud-native and application programming interface (API)-based integration

Using cloud infrastructure and leveraging specific APIs integrates various physical security systems like video surveillance and access control with other applications, centralizing management and simplifying real-time monitoring.

Consolidated visibility through XDR and SIEM systems

Extended detection and response (XDR) and security information and event management (SIEM) systems can work together to give users a single view of the security landscape. Seeing all the security elements in one place supports robust detection and response.

Proactive threat-hunting capabilities

Modern security systems can identify triggers that point to possible entry. When the trigger is activated, it directs threat hunters to the specific location of the irregularity and provides information on the extent of the threat. Proactive threat hunting results in a better understanding of weaknesses following an attack, so you can develop more robust security measures to prevent recurrences.

Upgrading has significant benefits

BCD solutions offer to transform security and data storage. For example, the Harmonize RMM plug-in allows the user to connect every security element into a centralised hub, monitoring cameras, available storage, server temperatures and more. BDC Harmonize Bridge can create a hybrid security environment, leveraging modern and legacy systems for a frictionless transition.


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