The latest data from IMS Research forecasts the world market for video surveillance storage will exceed US$5.6 billion in 2013. But are the days of the DVR numbered?
IT network storage, in particular IP storage area networks (SANs), is at the forefront of new enterprise surveillance projects. IMS's latest market research report, "The World Market for Enterprise and IP Storage used for Video Surveillance," forecasts network storage will account for more than 30 percent of world video surveillance storage revenues in 2013.
"Although the market is currently dominated by DVR solutions; network surveillance storage is gaining traction and is more scalable and flexible to the needs of some end users," said William Rhodes, IMS Research Market Analyst.
There is currently a large installed base of DVRs being used to record surveillance footage. Some end-users will replace DVR appliances with like-for-like solutions; however, more forward looking end-users are requesting new technologies such as network storage or VSaaS. Hosted video or Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) is another area that may drive the decline of the DVR. "The target market for VSaaS vendors is SMB or residential deployments; essentially low-camera count installations with minimal recording capabilities and little requirement for constant monitoring," Rhodes said. "The market is currently small and nascent. However, if brought to the market in the right way and at the right time, it has the potential to disrupt the traditional DVR market."
DVR solutions should not be ruled out, as there will continue to be a sizeable need for a locally recorded plug-and-play solution, particularly in low-end applications. But as demand grows for network storage and as hosted video solutions gain traction, the traditional DVR solution is likely to be challenged in low-camera count installations.