IT network
storage, in particular IP SANs (storage area networks), is at the forefront of
new enterprise surveillance projects, according to the research firm’s latest
market report, “The World Market for Enterprise and IP Storage Used for Video

The study
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,” says IMS Research Market Analyst William Rhodes.

There is
currently a very large installed base of DVRs being used to record surveillance
footage; however, some end users will replace DVR appliances with like-for-like
solutions, according to IMS. The report also suggests that more forward looking
end users are requesting new technologies such as network storage or video
surveillance software as a service (VSaaS), which along with hosted video may
drive the decline of the DVR.

“The target
market for VSaaS vendors is small- to medium-sized businesses or residential
deployments; essentially low-camera count installations with minimal recording
capabilities and little requirement for constant monitoring,” adds Rhodes.

“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.”