One of the biggest challenges placing stress on IT infrastructure today is the sheer amount of data being created, and it’s only going to increase. By 2025, IDC predicts that global data will reach 163 zettabytes – nearly 10 times the data produced in 2016. The overall amount is not the only challenge we need to worry about – according to IDC, 30 percent of this new data will be critical or even hypercritical to our daily lives.

This incredible increase anticipated in just eight short years must be planned for today. Without proper investment and strategy, the strain on existing infrastructure will be insurmountable. And as more and more of this data becomes increasingly critical, piecemealed infrastructure will not be enough to process and safeguard critical operations.

Today, if you look at the amount of data stored, a large portion already comes from video surveillance. By 2021, the video surveillance storage market is expected to grow at 24-percent CAGR. In 2016 alone, over 75 million new cameras were sold. These camera sales will also increase at a 14-percent CAGR through 2021.

And these are not yesterday’s cameras being added to networks. They will not even be just HD. They will be the next generation of 5-megapixel cameras and then the next generation after that. Organizations have to prepare not just for the number of cameras to increase but also for the exponential growth in the data each camera generates.

It becomes even more complex when you consider that IT teams are often required to retain their video surveillance data for 30, 60 or even 90 days. As video data increases from more cameras and becomes richer from advanced resolution, it will become even more challenging to meet retention requirements. This is often the first indicator that it’s time to rethink the underlying infrastructure.

When creating an infrastructure for tomorrow’s data, scalability is key.

Traditionally, we see companies attempt to string together a series of convoluted and unwieldy NVR architectures. But this is not a long-term solution. At Pivot3, we’ve designed for scalability with seamless upgrades to existing architecture to address this problem as more and more data needs to be stored on each individual node.

In fact, our vSTAC 7.6 solution massively improves ingest performance and increases density and resiliency, allowing customers to support 500 cameras per node – a 40-percent increase. This increase translates to more flexibility in adding to the number of deployed cameras as well as less infrastructure to manage, support and procure. It also leads to a reduction in both cost and footprint. Our latest release enables a 20-percent increase in storage density and brings Pivot3’s total storage density increase to 50 percent over the past year.

As we progress closer to the 163 zettabytes of data predicted by IDC, these types of capabilities will be critical across all use cases – from IoT and virtual desktops to smart cities and back up and recovery. Pivot3 is here to help you plan for this growth with smarter infrastructure solutions for the smarter enterprise.