Allen, thanks for the feedback.
I wanted to address your accusation that we are unfair to Verkada because they are a 'threat' to most of IPVM's membership.
To give you some context, lots of people are mad at IPVM, for various reasons. Last year, a member infamously canceled his membership when we criticized Axis - Axis Brags About "Whiskey Tasting" With Independent Consultants. See: I Do Not Appreciate The Inference That Axis Is Buying Spec, And I Have Demonstrated That By Canceling My Subscription. In 2020, there is no more 'traditional' nor incumbent company than Axis.
Additionally, contributors to this site i.e. John Honovich - Are not of the professional quality that one would expect for a paywalled site.
More broadly, we have been criticizing companies, new and old, since I founded the company in 2008. Not everybody likes it or agrees with it, we aim to be fair, we aim to allow diverse viewpoints, including your own.
As for Verkada, I actually like that they are pushing for cloud management, I think there are many benefits to that - improved cybersecurity (generally), reduce remote access complexity, options for remote storage, etc.
There are 2 really fundamental things I dislike about Verkada:
1. The culture - Verkada's (sales team, at least) has a frat boy culture where their people are not merely aggressive, they are deceptive. We can agree to disagree on this. But we've been following them closely and have seen and heard this over and over again. IPVM has fought against deceptive claims from our beginning, e.g., Avigilon Dirty Tricks, Lying At Arecont Vision.
2. Lock-in - For you, as an end-user, Verkada poses a big risk to you or your successors that need to deal with a system that locks customers in. That's not 'good' disruption. It makes customers heavily dependent and constrained by what Verkada chooses (or not) to do. We discussed this more, here - The IP Camera Lock-In Trend: Meraki and Verkada.
Thanks again for your feedback and if we can ever help, let us know.