Exacq's Cloud Drive Storage Tested

By Sean Patton, Published on Feb 04, 2019

Less than a year after acquiring cloud video company Smartvue, Exacq has launched its 'cloud drive storage' offering.

We see the VSaaS market expanding with many new competitors and incumbents such as Exacq adding new cloud services.

exacq cloud drive

How well does Exacq's Cloud Drive work? We tested it. Inside this report, we share our findings on:

  • Capabilities and Limitations
  • Cloud Streaming Performance
  • Client Interface Changes
  • Configuration
  • Pricing

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** *** ****, ***** Drive ****** ****, **** no ********** ******* ** buffering **** ******** ** uploading *****.

****** **** ***** *********, there ** *** * dedicated *** ****** *** viewing ********, ******* ******** ******** *** ******** *** ******-**-***** *******. Secure ****** ******** ******** a ****** ***** ** VPN ********** ** **** forwarding *** *** ** the ******** ***** *****, mobile ** *** *******.

*** ********** ** ***** Drive ** **** ****** be **** ******** *** extending *********, *.*. ** does *** ******* ******* video ******* *** ** days *** ****** ** cloud ******* *** ******* 60 ****. ** **** example, ** **** ** Cloud ***** ************ ***** be ********. ** ** offering ********* ***** ******* rather **** **** **** archiving.

************* ******** ******** * login, *********** ********* ********* and **** **** ** video ** ******* (****** only, **********, *****/*********). *******, there ** ** ******** or *********** **** *** video ** ***********. ***** text **** **** ****** information *** ** *** Exacq ************ ******.

Cloud ***** ******* ********

***** ** * *-****** video ***** ** **** the ******* ** ******** Cloud ***** *********, ********* and ******* ******** *****, and ******* ** *** details:

Secondary ********* - *** ****** ** *****

***** **** ***** ***** is *** ***** *** primary ****** ********* ************ and **** *** ******* direct-to-cloud *********.

***** ***** ** ******* through *** ********* ******* of *****, ***** ** a ********* **** ** video ******** ** *** primary ********. ** **** supports *.*** ***** *** supported ** ** **** video ****** *******.

************* ****** ******* ** version *.*.*.******, *** ** our *******, ** *** not **** ***** ** upgraded ** *.*.*.****** ** newer (******** */**/****).

Searching *** ***** *****

********* *** ***** ****** in ***** ***** ** no ********* **** ********* for ******* ****** ***** in *** ***** ******. However, ** ** *** indicated ** *** **** if ***** ***** ** locally ****** ***** ** being ******, ****** *** NVR ** ************/*******. **** the *** ** *******, the ****** ******** * short *** ** ******* indicated **** ***** ***** Archives *** ***** ********.

***** *** ** *********** difference ** *** ****** of **** * ***** search ***** **** ********* Cloud ***** ******** ** local **********.

New ****** *** ***** ******

***** ***** ** ****** to ****** *** ********* recorded ***** ****** ******* System *****, ********, ** Cloud ***** *******. ***** is ** ********** ** the ***** ******** ** the ****** ******* ** the ******** ***** ** from *** ***** ****** or ***** ********.

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Basic *************/******* ********** ********

******* ** ***** ***** requires ***** *********** ******* in *** ******* ********, and *********** * ******** to ****** **** ***** is *********** ** ***** Drive. ** ********** ******** or ******* *** ********.

*** ********** ** ***** Drive ** *** **** of ******** *** *********** within *** ***** ****** if * ***** ** successfully ************ ** ***** Drive. * ***** "****** Status" ************ ******* ** the *** ** ********* to ***** ***** ********, but **** *** ******** any ******** ** ****** with ***** ********:

*******

*** ******* ** ********* and *******. ** ** sold ** * ****** subscription, ***** ** ******* amount ** **** * day ** ************ ******** 1 **** ***** ******. The **** ***** ** $15 *** *******. ***** is * ****** ******* part ****** (****-**-***). ***** Drive ** **** ********* for ************ *** ********** licensed ******* *** ** follows ******** ********* ** Exacq ********.

* ******* ****** ************ list ******:

  • ** ***** (**) ***** cameras ***** * ****, with * ***** ** daily ****** ******, *** 30 ****, ******** *** licenses ** $*,*** *** year.
  • ** ***** (**) ***** cameras ***** * **** continuously *** ** **** requires *** ******** ** $9,000 *** ****.

******* ***** ********* **** $30 *** ****** *** month *** ** **** of ******* (********** ** event-based), ********** ********* ********* Cloud ***** ***** **** $75 *** ****** *** month. ************, ***** ************* also ******* ******** ******* and ********, ****** ****** client ******, *** ******-**-***** playback. **** ***** *****, those *** *** ********.

Event/Alarm ****** *****

** * **** ******** offsite ***** ****** *** motion ****** **** ** 8 ***** ** ***** per ***, *** ~$** per ****** *** ***** cost ***** **** *****. However, **** ** * limited ****** ******* ** video ************ *** ** not ****** ** ** a ****** ** *** users ********* ***** **** cloud-first ***** ******* ** other *****-******** *****.

***** ***** **** ***** Cloud ***** ******** ********** recording ******, ** ** priced ** ** **** primarily *** ******** ***** (motion/event/bookmark/alarms) ******.

Documentation *** ******* ********* *******

** ******* ** ************* instructions *** ****** ** the***** ******* ********* ****. ************, ****** * call **** ***** ********* support, *** ***** *** unable ** *** ** the ************* *** ******** us ** *** ***** Cloud ************* *** ************* multiple *****, ***** ** not ******* ** ***** Drive.

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Comments (15)

* ** ******** *** they ******** **** ** is.

*********, ** ** ******** that ** ***** ** designed *** *** ** is ******** *** ****** makes ** **** **** limited *************. * ** curious ** ****** ************ agrees ** ********* ****.

***** **** ******* **** needed ** ************** *** ***** ****** as **** ** ******** to **** ** **** the **** ** *** industry?

** ***** ** * "placeholder" **** ****'** ******* on ** ***** *** others, *** **** ******** doesn't **** **** **** good ** *** ***** term.

****, **** 

* ** *** ********** why ** *** ***** the ******* ***** ** cloud ******* ***** ** to ****** *** ******** storage. **'* **** ******* to **** ***** ******* instead.

*(**********) ******* **** *** primary ***** ** ***** storage ***** ** **securely **** ********* **** on it. This is what I'm potentially willing to pay for as a customer.

***** ***** ***** ****** to ******* ** ** the ******(********* ***** *******), I ******* *****, *** first ******** ****** ** store **** ********* ****. 

* ** *** ********** why ** *** ***** the ******* ***** ** cloud ******* ***** ** to ****** *** ******** storage. 

****? * ** *** understand *** *** ***** I ***** ****. ****'* why * **** * think **** ***** ** doing **** *** '**** limited *************'.

** ** **** ****, no ********* *** **** pricing => **** ******* ************* => IPVM **** *** ********** the ***** ** *** offering.

*'* **** ****** ** understand **** ******* *******. So *** ***** "*********" is ** ******** ** comparison **** "******** **** sensitive ****" **** ** just **** *** ***** offering *** ****** ***, while *** ****** *** first ***?

*** *** **** * poll ** **** ***** storage ** ***? 

** *** ***** "*********" is ** ******** ** comparison **** "******** **** sensitive ****" **** ** just **** *** ***** offering *** ****** ***, while *** ****** *** first ***?

* **** ** **** what *** *** ****** or *** *** ***** I ******* ****.

******** **** **** **** consolidated ********, * *** under *** ********** *** believe ** *******:

*****: **** **** *** ********** the ***** ** *** offering ******* ***** ***** cannot ** **** ******** for ********* *********


** *** ********* **** your ******** *********"* ** ******** *** they ******** **** ** is".**** *** **** ***** ******* in *** ******. (*** **************** ******* *****).


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********** ** *** ****, I'm * ***** ** wrong ***** *** **********, I **** * ******** to **** ****:

*) ***** *** ***** cloud ******* ** ** extension ** *** ******* storage?

*) *** *** ****** make * **** ***** the *********** ** **** cloud ******* ** ***?

* ******* 

**** **** *** ********** the ***** ** *** offering

**:

*** ********** ** ***** Drive

*****'* ******** ****** ****:

(*) ******* ***** ********** this ** *********, ** is *** **** *********, as ** *** *****: "** ** ******** ********* video ******* ****** **** long **** *********."

(*) ******* ** *** archiving ** ********* ***** storage, ****** ***, ** is * ***** *******.

*****, ** ***** **** anything **** "*** ***** *** ******* usage ** ***** ******* would ** ** ****** the ******** *******". *** point ***** ** **** if *** *** ******** something ** ** '*********' solution, *** ****** *** need ** *** *** what ** ********* ****** locally.

**, ** *** **** (1), ***** ** *** not ********* '********* ** ******* storage' ** * ****** feature. *** **** ************* that.

** *** **** (*) ***** are **** **** ** get ******* ** ******* subjects. *** *** **** to ***** * ********** though.

****** ****. 

** *******: ***** ****** in *** ******(***** ** ******* model) ** *** ***** in **** ***** *******? Is **** **** ************* between ******* **** *** ********** design ** ********* ****? Thanks. 

** *** **** *****: IMHO, ***** *** * **** thing. *******, *** *** I **** **** ******** on ** - ** overall ********. *'* ****** to ********** **** *'* I *******. 

*’* *** ******* ******* for *********** *** * want ** *** **** comments ** ****’* ****** of *** ***** ***** storage *******.  ***** ** all, ***** *** **** for *** **** *** invested ** ********** *** service.  * ********** *** detail **** **** **** product *******. 

-**********- *** ****** ****** “Secure ****** ******** ******** a ****** ***** ** VPN ********** ** **** forwarding *** *** ** the ******** ***** *****, mobile ** *** *******.” I **** ** ******* that *** ************* ** and **** *** ***** is ******** *********.  **** includes ***** *********** ** the ***** **** *** NVR *** ***** *********** from *** ***** ** the ****** ** *** search ****.   ***** *********** to *** ****** **** the *** ** *** currently *********, *** ** planned *** *** ** our **** ********.

-*** ***** ** *** offering- ** **** ******* out, ***** ***** ******* for *********** ** *** currently ******** ** ****** primary *******.  ***** ********* of ***** ******* ** a ***** ********, *** goal ** **** ***** release *** ** **** customers ******* *** ******** off-site ******* ***** *** important *****.  *** ******* value ** ** ***-**** copy ** ***** ** to ******* ******* ********/***** and ** ******* ******* accessibility.  ****** **** ***** off *** ****** ***** to ****** *********, ** example ** ***** ***** usage ** ******* *** most ****** ***  ** video ** *** ***** to ******* ********* ******* theft/destruction ** *** ***, or **** ********** *****.  In ***** ********* ****** important ***** *** * bandwidth-constrained **** ** * central ********** ***** ****** can ****** ** ** also *********.   ******* **** first ******* *********** ******* the **** ***** *** value *********** ** *** archiving *******, *** ** pointed ***, *** ***** Drive ************* *** *** is ********** **** ***** existing ************.

- ******* ********** ********/************* ** *** ***** Drive ******* ** *** meant ** ** * standalone ***** *** ******** at **** ****, ***** is ** ********* *** user ************* *** ** has **** ******* ********** capabilities.  ** ** ********* better **-******** ********** ********** are * ****** *********** and **** ***** ** provide ******** ** *** status ** ***** ********.  On *** ****** ****, however, ** **** ** explicit ****** ****** ** not **** **** ** feedback ** ***** *** video ** ****** ****.  From *** *********** *** operator ****** *** **** to ***** ***** ***** to ****** ***** *** where *** ******* **** found.  *** *******, * don’t **** ***** ******* server ******** ** ****** results.  ******* ** ***** to *** *** ******** state * **********. ** they *** ** *** LAN **** *** ***, they *** ****** ** prefer ******* **** *** NVR.  ** *** ******** is **** *** ******** and *** ***** ** likely ** **** ****** bandwidth, **** *** *** the ********** ** **** video **** *** *****.   The ****** ********** **** still ****** *** **** all *** ***** *** populate *** ******** **** all *********, *** ** cases ***** *** ***** exists ** **** *** cloud *** *** ***, the ****** **** ****** to *** ********** *** user ****** **** *** user ******* *** **** button ** ***** **** frame *********. 

- ******* -  * agree **** *** ******* is **** ******* **** the “*******” ******* ***** ($30 *** ** ****, motion ** **********).  ** decided ** ***** *** some ********** *** ******* flexibility ** ******* ******* of ******* ******* *** motion **********.   ***** ** is **** **** ** 2Mb/s *** ** **** of ********** ********* *** list ******* ** $*** yearly (****), ** *** motion ********** ** **% or *****, *** ******* comes **** ** **** or **** ***** **** the ******* *****.  *** for ******* ***********, *** cloud ******* ******** ** the *** ** *** tied ** ******** ******* or *** **** *** configured.  *** *** ******** to ****** ****** **********/***/******* levels ** ****** ********* and ***** *** ***** storage ******** ** *** NVR.   *** **** ** that **** ******* ***** gives *********** *********** *** lets **** *** ******* NVR ******* ********** ********* they ******, ******* **** is * *** ******* and ** **** ****** to ******** ** *** pricing *** *********.

****, 

**** **********: * **** for *** *******, ******* maybe *** *** ****** some *********: *** ** you ****** ** ********* or *** *********? **** if ****** ** ******* resources? *** *** ** you "** ****" ****** to ***** **( ** terms ** ****). **, if ***** ** ****** how **** **** *** be **** *** *** be ********* ** *** cloud storage? 

******,

********** - ****** **** do *** *********** **** on *** ***, ******** streams *** ** *** up **** *** ****** to ***********.  *** *** decide ************* ***** ****** will ****** ******* *** which ***** ****** ** the *****.  *** *****-*** is ********* *** ********* that ****** *********** ******** considerations *** * ****** more ******* ************* (*** cameras **** ******* ******** streams --***** ****** *** do ********)

******* ****** -  ********* the ************ ** *** cloud ** **********, ** the **** ***** *** have *** ****** ** put ***** ** **** from ****** ***. 

** ***** *** *** the ******* ** *** daily *** *** *** local ********* ****** ** 24hrs?  ** ********** ** only ** *** ***** or ** *** ******?

*** ** **** ***********.  You *** *** *** local **** ********* ***, say * ***, *** keep **** ********* ** the ***** ** *******. But ** ********* ** the *******, *** ******** don't ***** ** "***" off *** ***** **** local ** *****.  ********** the *** ******* ************ (local **** *** ***** storage) *** ************* *******, so *** *** ********* each ** * ******** need.

    

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