Hi all. It's been on my todo list for quite a while, but the time has finally come to upgrade our VMS from a Synology system that I'm very unhappy with. Between other responsibilities, I've demoed and read up on Exacq, Genetec, Avigilon and the rest, with Milestone currently sitting at the top due to the super easy to use web client.
Current deployment is spread across 6 buildings on 2 campuses, with 5 more buildings going up within the next 12 months. I believe we're at ~250 cameras at the moment, but that's going to shoot up to 400-500 shortly. I inherited a bunch of Vivoteks, and have recently started installing Hikvisions both internally and externally.
Reliability and performance will be the top 2 requirements, followed closely by ease of use (for operators and admins) and then finally feature set. I've ruled out Genetec since they couldn't work with our Vivoteks for some reason, and Avigilon for a general discomfort with recent news and the fact that I'd have to swap out existing cameras to really take advantage of it. Budget is not really a concern as long as it's not outrageous.
Now I'm looking at DW Spectrum and IPConfigure as contenders, too. I feel like every time I turn around, there's a new player, but no reasonable way that I can give them all real-world testing. Help!