Using the Retention Tab

In this article, the following topics are covered:


What are Retention Histograms?

Retention Histograms are a feature in Viakoo that allow you to visualize retention patterns across all your Volumes. 

Located in the in Retention tab at the Server level, you can see the recording pattern for each day in the specified time range. Each bar corresponds to one day of recording. When you hover over a bar, a text bubble will appear with a summary of how much data was written (usually in GB), which Volumes, and the date. 


Time Filters for Histograms

Similar to other controls in Viakoo, you can select a variety of filters to alter the information you want to display. 

Time filters can be preset at a Week, Month, Quarter, or Custom time frames. This allows you to just view the data you want to see in a particular time frame. 

In addition to the customization time frame, you can select the  you want to compare data. By default, the Retention Date will be set to today's date and juxtapose the previous day's data as well. In the graph below, you can see the orange and the grey bars correspond to the Retention Date and the previous date respectively.



Per-Stream Storage Summary 

This option will display the amount of storage currently on disk that is associated with each of the video camera streams we are detecting. To use this feature, go to a recording server and click on the “Retention” tab. You will see the new “Stream Usage” option shown below:

To see storage associated with streams, click the stream usage checkbox. A drop down will appear allowing you to select one or more video streams to display.

Alternatively, you can select several or all of your video streams recording to that server and get a sorted view of how your storage is being used.

This view is helpful when identifying cameras that are using far more or far less storage than you expect. This can be the result of a misconfiguration of the camera stream (i.e., wrong frame rate, codec or resolution), too much motion or obstruction in view of the lens, premature deletion of data, or extended periods where stream recording was disrupted.



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