Which deployment type is best for you?

Learn the differences between on-premises, cloud and hybrid-cloud deployments.

Cloud
Hybrid-cloud
On-premises
Access continuous updates
With a cloud deployment, updates are generally pushed through the cloud automatically, eliminating the need to manually keep your software up to date manually.
In a hybrid-cloud deployment, updates are managed via the cloud. This allows the technology provider to push new features and security patches automatically, so that you can focus on important tasks.  
Keep video for longer periods of time
In a cloud deployment, you can easily retain video in the cloud for the period of time of your choice and easily scale it over time without adding new hardware. This approach helps to quickly comply with new data regulations and maximizes accessibility.
In a hybrid deployment, you can manage live video and high-definition recordings locally, while sending select long term archives to the cloud. This enables both local and cloud retention with maximum flexibility. It's a cost-efficient approach that also helps comply with regulations and data sovereignty requirements.
Get additional security
Cloud deployments benefit from multiple layers of cybersecurity by default. Cloud providers also secure their devices with additional resiliency and redundancy features, making it one of the more secure options. This approach helps remove a significant amount of manual cyber hardening requirements.
Cloud-managed appliances are reinforced with multiple layers of protection, so your system is protected with secure local retention. Security updates are also pushed through automatically. If something happens to your local infrastructure, a hybrid deployment will remain available via the cloud.
Reduce training and IT knowledge required
A new cloud-based video management system can be deployed in under 30 minutes. It's generally easier to set up than an on-premises system and does not require as much IT knowledge.
Hybrid-cloud deployments leverage managed appliances that quickly bridge cameras to the cloud and interconnect with other on-premises systems. This removes advanced IT expertise needed at smaller sites with a set-up process that takes only a few minutes. Operators don't need extra training, since video operations remain exactly the same at the head end.
Scale with ease
You can easily scale up or down with cloud deployments; retention periods and storage tiers can be adjusred as you go. Datacenters have extra space at all times, so there's no need to wait for additional hardware to be delivered to your site.
Easily scale both in the cloud and on-premises by deploying cloud-managed appliances at remote locations. You can benefit from the extra space that is available in the cloud, at all times, as well as quickly adding plug-and-play appliances with various storage options at any location.
Self-maintenance
Cloud providers have dedicated teams for maintenance, security and management. You can benefit from self-maintenance in the cloud and rest assured they're on it 24/7.
Cloud connected appliances are autonomous and managed by the vendor, so that you can stay worry free. You can also benefit from self-maintenance of cloud archives while getting all the benefits of a hybrid-cloud deployment. Only the remaining local infrastructure will require manual intervention.
Easy to deploy
With a cloud deployment, you don't need to worry about setting up any hardware, in addition to requiring less IT knowledge to configure the system. You just need to ensure you have a good internet connection.
Hybrid-cloud systems alleviate a big part of the difficulty in deploying hardware locally. With a good internet connection, you can get your system running and devices connected fast through managed compact appliances, then connect them to the existing head end without disruption.
Maintain less hardware
With a cloud deployment, you don't need to worry about purchasing and maintaining hardware, especially when you're trying to scale. Send your video straight to the cloud and enjoy the benefits of no hardware, except for the cameras.
With a hybrid-cloud deployment, you can maintain less hardware by storing your selected video footage in the cloud. Secure your video locally within cloud-managed appliances at smaller sites and maintain local servers only at larger locations.
Open architecture
With a hybrid-cloud deployment, you can store your video footage in the cloud while still having access to some extra functionality from a large number of devices and software add-ons that you would otherwise be limited to a fully cloud system.
An open architecture enterprise VMS allows you to integrate with a large number of devices and software add-ons, from various technology providers. It allows you to remain future-proof and access the latest innovations, re-use existing devices, and never be locked in with proprietary hardware.
Reduce costs
With a hybrid-cloud deployment, you can strike the right balance between storage and bandwidth costs; you can retain control on which video you store both on-premises and in the cloud, allowing more flexibility while consuming less resources.
Backup important footage
Every video recording stored in the cloud is triplicated, so you can ensure that you always have backups of your important footage. You don't have to worry about losing video because of hardware damage or theft.
With a hybrid-cloud deployment, you can benefit from backups both in the cloud and on-premises with certain models, if you wish. Cloud-managed appliances will offer local buffering and storage options and can be complemented with long-term cloud archives for extra redundancy.
Your on-premises deployment can offer the option of backing up your footage multiple time with failover systems and auxiliar archives. You can set up multiple streams so that critical video and lower definition archives are kept for a longer period.
Encrypt your data
A cloud deployment always remains secure, as updates are automatic and managed by the vendor, so you don't need to interrupt your flow of operations and manually update anything. Footage being sent to the cloud is typically encrypted in transit with the TLS protocol and at rest in the cloud with AES 256-bit encyrption.
With a hybrid-cloud deployment, your system will remain protected and cybersecure as updates can be automated to protect from new threats that may arise. Your video footage is encrypted at rest when recorded on-premises and in the cloud, and in transit between local and cloud entities.
On-premises deployments are fully secure, as long as you remember to continuously update your system to fix any known vulnerability. When your data is travelling from edge devices to your VMS, a secure VMS should use stream encryption from the camera and then streams travel to your client interface, make sure both the communication and video channels are encrypted.
Reduce bandwidth consumption
Hybrid-cloud deploymnents allow you to store video locally and choose what you send to the cloud, helping you reduce bandwidth usage. With no automatic push to the cloud, control what footage you archive, which video you want to run analytics on, and when you need longer or shorter retention to comply with regulations. This solution is the best balance of bandwidth and storage costs.
When you're storing video on-premises, you can save on bandwidth consumption as you're not constantly sending video to the cloud. You essentially trade bandwidth costs for storage costs. It can be a more affordable alternative when dealing with a lot of very high-definition video for both live and playback operations.

Which deployment type is best for you?

Learn the differences between on-premises, cloud and hybrid-cloud deployments.

Cloud
Hybrid-cloud
On-premises
Access continuous updates
With a cloud deployment, updates are generally continuously pushed through the cloud, eliminating the need to manually keep your software up to date.
With a hybrid-cloud deployment, updates can be managed via the cloud. It allows for the technology provider to push new features and security patches automatically, so that you can remain stress free.
Keep video for longer periods of time
With a cloud deployment, you can easily retain video in the cloud for the period of time of your choice and easily scale it over time without adding new hardware. This approach helps to quickly comply with new data regulations and maximizes accessibility.
With a hybrid deployment, you can manage live video and high-definition recordings locally, while sending select long term archives to the cloud. This enables both local and cloud retention with maximum flexibility. It is a cost-efficient approach that also helps comply with regulations and data sovereignty requirements.
Get additional security
Cloud deployments benefit from multiple layers of cybersecurity by default. Cloud providers also secure their devices with additional resiliency and redundancy features, making it one of the more secure options. This approach helps remove a significant amount of manual cyber hardening requirements.
Cloud-managed appliances are reinforced with additional layers of protection, so your system is protected with secure local retention. If something happens to your local infrastructure, a hybrid deployment will remain available via the cloud.
Reduce training and IT knowledge required
A new cloud-based video management system can be deployed in under 30 minutes. It is easier to set up than an on-premises system and does not require as much IT knowledge.
Hybrid-cloud deployment leverage a managed appliance that quickly bridges cameras to the cloud, and interconnects with other on-premises systems. This removes advanced IT expertise needed at smaller sites with a set-up process that takes only a few minutes. Operators don't need extra training, since video operations remain exactly the same at the head end.
Scale with ease
You can easily scale up or down with cloud deployments; retention periods and storage tiers can be adjusred as you go. Datacenters have extra space at all times, so there's no need to wait for additional hardware to be delivered to your site.
Easily scale both in the cloud and on-premises by deploying cloud-managed appliances at remote locations. You can benefit from the extra space that is available in the cloud, at all times, as well as quickly adding plug-and-play appliances with various storage options at any location.
Self-maintenance
Cloud providers have dedicated teams for maintenance, security and management. You can benefit from self-maintenance in the cloud and rest assured they're on it 24/7.
Cloud connected appliances are autonomous and managed by the vendor, so that you can stay worry free. You can also benefit from self-maintenance of cloud archives while getting all the benefits of a hybrid-cloud deployment. Only the remaining local infrastructure will require manual intervention.
Easy to deploy
With a cloud deployment, you don't need to worry about setting up any hardware, in addition to requiring less IT knowledge to configure the system. You just need to ensure you have a good internet connection.
Hybrid-cloud systems alleviate a big part of the difficulty in deploying hardware locally. With a good internet connection, you can get your system running and devices connected fast through managed compact appliances, then connect them to the existing head end without disruption.
Maintain less hardware
With a cloud deployment, you don't need to worry about purchasing and maintaining hardware, especially when you're trying to scale. Send your video straight to the cloud and enjoy the benefits of no hardware, except for the cameras.
With a hybrid-cloud deployment, you can maintain less hardware by storing your selected video footage in the cloud. Secure your video locally within cloud-managed appliances at smaller sites and maintain local servers only at larger locations.
Reduce bandwidth consumption
Hybrid-cloud deploymnents allow you to store video locally and choose what you send to the cloud, helping you reduce bandwidth usage. With no automatic push to the cloud, control what footage you archive, which video you want to run analytics on, and when you need longer or shorter retention to comply with regulations. This solution is the best balance of bandwidth and storage costs.
When you're storing video on-premises, you can save on bandwidth consumption as you're not constantly sending video to the cloud. You essentially trade bandwidth costs for storage costs. It can be a more affordable alternative when dealing with a lot of very high-definition video for both live and playback operations.
Open architecture
With a hybrid-cloud deployment, you can store your video footage in the cloud while still having access to some extra functionality from a large number of devices and software add-ons that you would otherwise be limited to a fully cloud system.
An open architecture enterprise VMS allows you to integrate with a large number of devices and software add-ons, from various technology providers. It allows you to remain future-proof and access the latest innovations, re-use existing devices, and never be locked in with proprietary hardware.
Reduce costs
With a hybrid-cloud deployment, you can strike the right balance between storage and bandwidth costs; you can retain control on which video you store both on-premises and in the cloud, allowing more flexibility while consuming less resources.
Backup important footage
Every video recording stored in the cloud is triplicated, so you can ensure that you always have backups of your important footage. You don't have to worry about losing video because of hardware damage or theft.
With a hybrid-cloud deployment, you can benefit from backups both in the cloud and on-premises with certain models, if you wish. Cloud-managed appliances will offer local buffering and storage options and can be complemented with long-term cloud archives for extra redundancy.
Your on-premises deployment can offer the option of backing up your footage multiple time with failover systems and auxiliar archives. You can set up multiple streams so that critical video and lower definition archives are kept for a longer period.
Encrypt your data
A cloud deployment always remains secure, as updates are automatic and managed by the vendor, so you don't need to interrupt your flow of operations and manually update anything. Footage being sent to the cloud is typically encrypted in transit with the TLS protocol and at rest in the cloud with AES 256-bit encyrption.
With a hybrid-cloud deployment, your system will remain protected and cybersecure as updates can be automated to protect from new threats that may arise. Your video footage is encrypted at rest when recorded on-premises and in the cloud, and in transit between local and cloud entities.
On-premises deployments are fully secure, as long as you remember to continuously update your system to fix any known vulnerability. When your data is travelling from edge devices to your VMS, a secure VMS should use stream encryption from the camera and then streams travel to your client interface, make sure both the communication and video channels are encrypted.