The solution stores and protects the department’s large volumes of video surveillance, body cam and evidence data, and has reduced costs by more than 50% when compared with alternative solutions.
With more than 400 body-worn cameras and at least two cameras in each of its more than 200 patrol and prisoner transport vehicles, this Sheriff’s Office generates a vast amount of data. Digital evidence in the form of crime-scene photos and digital forensic captures from storage devices, computers, tablets, smart phones and vehicle information systems add to the storage requirement.
To store, manage and protect this information, the organization deployed a Cloudian solution with 600TB of capacity on premises, and replicates data to Amazon S3 for DR. The solution is used in conjunction with a video capture and digital evidence management system from Getac Technology Corporation.
“We needed the performance and locality of storage in our data centers and the enhanced protection of storage in the cloud,” said Adrian Quintela, IT director, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. “With Cloudian, we were able to combine scalable storage on-premises with cloud data-management, all in one platform.“
To ensure data protection, the Calcasieu solution includes policy-based data replication both to a Cloudian system at a remote DR site and to the public cloud. Replication processes are managed via Cloudian’s integrated management tools, thus saving costs and reducing management complexity. Additional cost efficiencies were achieved with the solution’s small footprint. Consuming just 3U of rack height per location, the system saved more than 70% on space, power and cooling.
Deploying the Cloudian system was a quick process for the office’s IT team.
“It took no more than a day to set up Cloudian at each data center, and the Cloudian support team even helped us resolve a problem that turned out to be unrelated,” said Paul Hite, senior systems engineer, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Quintela added: “Storage availability is critical to our ongoing operations, so it gives us confidence to know the Cloudian team is ready to help out when needed.“
“Law enforcement today requires always-on data access to support operations, making bulletproof data durability a must,” said Jon Toor, CMO, Cloudian. “We are thrilled that Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office selected Cloudian for this highly innovative, mission-critical deployment and look forward to supporting them as their data management needs grow.“