Distributed Network Recording - Pros And Cons

Hi all,

I'd like to generate some discussion around the benefits/flaws of a distributed network.

Benefits being:

  • Local recording - any major failure of network back to the central server location will not stop recording
  • Ability to record at higher quality and stream back to central monitoring point at lower -> less bandwidth requirement
  • Ability to upgrade individual points/area's independantly of main control area/servers.

Downsides:

  • Cost of equipment probablty highly increased due to extra NVR/some sort of transcoding device
  • Extra security requirement depending on location of equipment.

Not too sure beyond that, can anyone suggest or see anything i'm missing?

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