Anyone? I figured someone would have an opinion.
We received a response from Salient regarding availability:
The new version is not yet released. We’ve had it out in a few environments and around our company as an early beta. We’re moving to a formal beta phase with a larger cross section of our current customer base starting middle of next month.
From there we plan to be in beta testing for 6-8 weeks and release around mid-September. Of course, those time frames may change depending on feedback from the beta, etc.
We have been following up with Salient regarding this release for a few months, and plan to test it when it is available.
We have also asked what the main benefits of the new release are expected, and will post their response here.
Our organization currently uses / sells / installs and manages Salient Systems VMS software, Complete View for our clients. My experience with Salient mostly involves the current version of Complete View, however I have been though the V5 software in-depth. Our installs have consisted of new IP based cameras, IP and Analog Mix, and analog only . . . . as well as Name Brand Cams (Samsung / Axis ) and a who's who of ancient cams that the client didn't want to replace.
Now that the backstory is out of the way, I'll provide my opinion on Salient and V5. First off, Salient has been GREAT to work with! Their customer service and technical support have been very helpful, and most importantly they answer the phones promptly. I can't say that they have always known the answers to some of our more in-depth questions, but they always get back to us. I have had members of their staff, including and engineer out to our facility a couple of times. These visits included some training by the engineer (for an ongoing issue that turned out to be a crazy off brand camera), as well as for sales related events. These guys have always been helpful, well dressed, knowledgeable, and are willing to do what it takes to make your organization succeed in the VMS world.
V5 - If you had any experience with the current iteration of CompleteView, you'll know what I'm talking about when I say that it was "at best" weird to use from an administration standpoint. The current UI, as well as the implementation process becomes underwhelming compared to some of the more modern VMS Software platforms. Where I have always felt that CompleteView has the edge (other than the paragraph above), is the work-ability and compatibility of the software as well as the LDAP functionality. It can be some of the easiest to configure and "lock-down" based on client need, and it is not at all cumbersome / taxing for whatever hardware you install it on (provided that you do your due diligence in sizing the server from the start). Where V5 improves all of this by taking the 4 or 5 different modules and combining them into a single pane of glass. Setup and configuration is still a similar process as before, but the streamlining of the software means that you don't have to jump from the Admin Console into the Viewer and back again just to make configuration changes. *Sean also outlined many of the improvements in the software.* So if you haven't read his post, i would encourage you to do so. I have also been waiting for the Management Server and Universal Views enhancements.
Hope this provides a bit of context.