Should You Use Software-Only Video Management Systems?

Author: John Honovich, Published on Oct 30, 2008

Software only has lots of the momentum. But should you use software only? While DVR/NVR appliances are increasingly viewed as antiquated, over 80% of end users still chose traditional appliances over software only.  Are those buyers wrong?

Here are the key advantages of software only:

  • Lower costs and more flexible for large camera counts (32+) within a high speed LAN (1Gb/s+)
  • Lower costs for all IP camera deployments

However, appliances have advantages for certain scenarios:
  • Less expensive for low camera counts (16 and under)
  • Simpler and cheaper setup for Distributed stores/branches (e.g., bank branches, restaurants, convenience stores, small box retailers)
  • Lower costs for Analog camera deployments

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