Milestone Launches Professional NVRs (Husky)

By: John Honovich, Published on Sep 12, 2013

Suddenly, Milestone loves boxes! The former software only provider is now launching a series of NVR appliances, called Husky, to target the professional market.

Of course, this is not Milestone's first NVR as you may recall their ill fated, poorly received HP Essential NVRs from 2 years ago. Indeed, introduced this Spring, their new VMS platform, Arcus, has enabled a series of third party NVRs, including from LenovoEMC, Razberi and Coldstore.

Now, though, Husky represents Milestone's most ambitious, broadest NVR offering. In this note, we break it down comparing it to Exacq, Intransa and Arcus partners.

********, ********* ***** *****! The ****** ******** **** provider ** *** ********* a ****** ** *** appliances, ***********, ** ****** *** professional ******.

** ******, **** ** not *********'* ***** *** as *** *** ****** their *** *****, ****** received** ********* ******** * ***** ***. Indeed, ********** **** ******, their *** *** ********, Arcus, *** ******* * series ** ***** ***** NVRs, ********* **** *********,*******************.

***, ******, ***** ********** Milestone's **** *********, ******** NVR ********. ** **** note, ** ***** ** down ********* ** ** Exacq,*********** ***** ********.

[***************]

Product ********

*** ***** ****** ** available **** * ************** ranging **** *** ** M50, **** ******** * different *** ** *******:

  • ****** ********: ***** * ******** for *** ***; *** - ** ** ** cameras *** *** *** up ** ** ********.
  • ******** *******: ******* **** ***/* bay *** *** ***, 1TB/4 **** *** *** M30 (*.*", **** **** ******* 0, *, *, **), and ******* *** *** rack ***** **** ** to **** (* ****, 3.5"). **** **** ****** on *** *** *** M30 ***** *** *** offers *** ********* ***** bays.
  • ******** *******: ** ******** ******* is ********* ***** ******** one ** ****** *** a ****** *** (*** instead ** ***, *** instead ** ***), *** COTS ******** ** ******** from ***** ******** (*********, Coldstore, ***.).
  • *** **** ****: ** *** *********** runs ** ******** *** card ****** *** ***** more ***** ******** ** losing **** ******.
  • ****** / ********: *** *** ** headless, *.*., ** ***** viewing*** *** *** *** 50s ** ******* ***** viewing.
  • *******: * * **** (next ******** *** *******) *******, and ******** ******* **** is ********  
  • *******: *** **** **** dual *** ******* 
  • ********: *** ******* ***** in **** *** *** constructed ** ******** **** flush, ******** */* ***** in**** ***** *** ******* design *** ** ********** ports ** **** ** damage *** **** ** service ******. *** *** is ******* *** ** **** ** operate ** * ** 40 ******* * (*** F).

     

  • ********: *** *** ** Linux ***** *** ***** pre-loaded **** *****. *** and *** **** ***-****** Xprotect************ ** ******* *, and ******* ** * different ******* ******* (****** or *********) ****** ** done- ********************* ** ********** $*** per ******* ** *********. NVRs **** ******* ***-****** 3rd ***** ****** ******* for **** ********* ** cameras.
  • *******: *********, ***, *** Android **** *** *** be ****
  • ***********: ******** **** *** be ******** ** *** same ************ ***** ******* one ** ****** *** the ****** ** ***** (like ***** ********* ********).

*** *** ********* **** own *** **** ****** selections ** *******, ****** and *********. *** **** will ** ********* ** Canda *** *** *.* for *** ******* ****** at **** **** * general ************ ** ******** of ****.

*******

******* **** ** ******* to ********** ****** **** 'professional' ******* *** *********, with *** *** * channel **** ** * $1,499 ****, *** ** - ** ******* *** units ******* $** *** $6k **** *** *** larger **** ** ~$***+

****** **** ** *********'* other ************* **** *** last *** *****, **** does *** **** ***** levels ** ****** * significant **** *********. ** particular, *** **** **** be ********** ** ***** comparing ******* ******* ****, like****/*****.

Risks / ***********

*** ****** ** **** in ****:

  • ******** *******: **** **** ** a ***** *** *** Milestone ********** ***** *** hardware. **** ***********, **** new ********, ***** *** be ******** - ****** flaws, ***** ******, ***. This **** ******* ********* to ****** **** ******, different ****-******* ***** ****, and * *********** ******* for ***'*; ******** ** any ** ***** ***** could ***** * *********** or ******* *** ***** NVRs.
  • ** ******** ************ ********** ** ******* heavy *** ***** (* cameras ******* **** **** 1TB, ** ******* ******* 4TBs, ***.).
  • ***** **********: ** **** ** required, *** ****** ****** M30s ***** ** ******.
  • ***-**** ******: *** *** ***-**** design ***** ** ***********, when ****** ** **** or *** ************ ***** devices ***** ******* ******** or ***** ************. ********* temperatures ******** *** * ** 40 ******* * (*** F).

Competitive ******

*******, ** *** **** as * *****, ********* development *** ********* ** serve *** ***-****** **** wants ******* *********. ** particular:

  • *****: ****** ********* *** nothing ** ******* ******* Exacq's **********. *** **** have * ******** ******** plus **********'* **** ***** the**** ***********.
  • *******: ******* *** *** small ****** ***** **********, but *** *** ********* line ** ************* ******* overall, ***** **** **** Milestone ****** **** ********* integrators (*** ********* ****** wants **** **** ******* anyway).
  • ***** ********: ***** ***** ******** have ***** ********** (******* flexibility **** *** ********* Arcus *****, ***** ** PoE ****** *** *** Razberis, **** *** **** storage *** *********), ********* is ********** *** **** common *** ***** **** the ***** ******, ******** potential *** ********.
  • ********: ************ ** ************* **** *** ***** of *** ********* ******* software **** **** ******** pre-loading ******** ** ****. Milestone ****** ** ****** way ** ********** **** and ***** ****** ****.
  • ******/ **** / ***** Server *********: **** **** ** a *** ******** *** them ** **** *********** will ****** ** *** a **** *** ******** directly **** *** ************.
  • ******: ****** *** ** be ******** ** **** a ******'* ****** ** the ****** *** ** the ****** **** **** Husky *********.

Comments (16)

Linux only ? Or windows option ?

The M30/M50 will be pre-installed with Windows 7; I updated the article to clarify that.

Is this an attempt to imitate Exacq? Is this capitulation to service integrators who don't know enought about computer/server technology? Is it an attempt to reduce support challenges that may be due to improperly designed hardware?

I doubt Milestone sees this is as 'an attempt to imitate Exacq' :) That said, yes, this basically targets the sweet spot of Exacq.

Yes, I suspect it will reduce support challenges not only to improperly designed hardware but also issues on setting up software, configuration, etc.

Is the reduction of support challenges worth any increases in support volume now that they would be on the hook for both the software and hardware? I'm sure their answer is yes, but what is your point of view having been in the manufacturer market?

Don't forget the increase in revenue and contribution margin from selling NVR appliances vs VMS software licenses.

If they can get it to scale and get past the learning curve, it should be a profitable and valuable offering.

That said, this will likely help Genetec in IMS 'rankings' since this will further split Milestone's sales across two categories. Not that I think this ultimately matters but it underscores one of the bizarre segmentation issues we have in 'rankings'.

This seems exactly like a shot out at the Exacq partner market; not being able to add on external storage seems like a bit of an oversight though.

Maybe problems concerning 3rd party hardware wouldn't be such an issue if their software wasn't such bloatware.

VMS Installation Comparison

It'd be interesting to know how much space all of the pre-loaded camera finders take up.

I think this is a great solution for customers with alot of old DVR's. Makes the tranfer simple for the customer.

As a Milestone Corp customer/installer it seemed like a good concept for my smaller sites, but practically we're finding the range of cameras supported by the M10 units are limited. That includes both current model AXIS and Canon IP cameras.

Good feedback. I believe the M10s are Milestone Arcus only, which has far less 3rd party camera support than XProtect.

Do anyone compare cost and benefits of alternative solution of buying separated server + VMS software with respective cost of licenses.?

if you are an integrator can this save time and simplify installation?

Andres, we have a guide on that topic: Software Only VMS Vs NVR Appliances

You can certainly save time and simplify installation by using an NVR.

The big questions are:

  • Given your organization's skills, how much time and simplification will that be? Some organizations with strong IT skills, see it as minimal, and therefore perceive little benefits.
  • How much more is that NVR going to cost you vs buying our own COTS hardware and VMS licenses? Typically, the total product cost of the NVR will be higher than buying the parts yourself.

Which way to go depends on (1) your comfort building it yourself, (2) and the price premium that a given manufacturer charges for going the NVR route.

Is there a degree of freedom lost as well? Or can one repurpose one to run a different VMS at a later date, if necessary?

It depends on the manufacturer.

It might be possible but it often is not feasible. I wouldn't recommend someone buy an NVR with the expectation that they are going to run another VMS on the future.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Anyvision Facial Recognition Tested on Aug 21, 2019
Anyvision is aiming for $1 billion in revenue by 2022, backed by $74 million in funding. But does their performance live up to the hype they have...
Dahua 4K Camera Shootout on Aug 20, 2019
Dahua's new Pro Series 4K N85CL5Z claims to "deliver superior images in all lighting and environmental conditions", but how does this compare to...
Proactive CCTV "Only Affordable Video Archiving Solution" Profile on Aug 12, 2019
Proactive CCTV is claiming to offer "the only affordable video archiving solution on the market", reducing the storage typically required for H.265...
Milestone "GDPR-ready" Certification Claim Critiqued on Aug 12, 2019
Milestone is touting that its latest XProtect VMS is "GDPR-ready" with a 'European Privacy Seal'. However, our investigation raises significant...
Axis Door Station A8207-VE Tested on Aug 07, 2019
Axis newest door station, the A8207-VE, claims to deliver "video surveillance, two-way communication, and access control" in a single device. But...
Razberi Technologies Company Profile on Aug 06, 2019
Razberi says they have doubled their revenue in the first half of 2019, citing their proprietary camera hardening and cybersecurity capabilities...
Avigilon Blue VSaaS Tested on Aug 05, 2019
Avigilon says Blue is a "powerful integrator cloud service platform", easy to set up and configure, quickly scale business, by leveraging cloud...
Cisco Settles False Claims Act Suit For Video Surveillance Vulnerabilities on Aug 01, 2019
Cisco entered the video surveillance market in 2007 and suffered for many years through a variety of its own errors and arrogance. The conclusion...
Ionodes Company Profile on Jul 31, 2019
What happened to Ionodes? With seasoned leadership from Jean-Paul Saindon founder of SmartSight and Dr. Michael Gilge, founder of VCS, back in...
Vivotek Trend Micro Cyber Security Camera App Tested on Jul 22, 2019
Vivotek and Trend Micro are claiming five million blocked attacks on IP cameras, with their jointly developed app for Vivotek cameras. This new...

Most Recent Industry Reports

TMA Apologizes to Amazon / Ring on Aug 23, 2019
Not only is Amazon / Ring making major incursions into the residential security market, the organization representing the biggest incumbents, The...
China Dahua Replaces Their Software With US Pepper on Aug 22, 2019
What does a US government banned company do to improve its security positioning in the US? Well, Dahua is unveiling a novel solution, partnering...
Security Integrators Outlook On Remaining Integrators In 2025 on Aug 22, 2019
The industry has changed substantially in the last decade, with the rise of IP cameras and the race to the bottom. Indeed, more changes may be...
First GDPR Facial Recognition Fine For Sweden School on Aug 22, 2019
A school in Sweden has been fined $20,000 for using facial recognition to keep attendance in what is Sweden's first GDPR fine. Notably, the fine is...
Anyvision Facial Recognition Tested on Aug 21, 2019
Anyvision is aiming for $1 billion in revenue by 2022, backed by $74 million in funding. But does their performance live up to the hype they have...
JCI Sues Wyze on Aug 21, 2019
The mega manufacturer / integrator JCI has sued the fast-growing $20 camera Seattle startup Wyze. Inside this note: Share the court...
Dahua 4K Camera Shootout on Aug 20, 2019
Dahua's new Pro Series 4K N85CL5Z claims to "deliver superior images in all lighting and environmental conditions", but how does this compare to...
ZK Teco Atlas Access Control Tested on Aug 20, 2019
Who needs access specialists? China-based ZKTeco claims its newest access panel 'makes it very easy for anyone to learn and install access control...
Uniview Beats Intel In Trademark Lawsuit on Aug 19, 2019
Uniview has won a long-running trademark lawsuit brought by Intel, with Beijing's highest court reversing an earlier Intel win, centered on...
Suprema Biometric Mass Leak Examined on Aug 19, 2019
While Suprema is rarely discussed even within the physical security market, the South Korean biometrics manufacturer made global news this past...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact