VMS is ending.
Soon every VMS will be a VSaaS. Competitive dynamics will be redrawn.
What does this mean?
VMS Historically On-Site
Historically, VMS meant video management software that was deployed on-site. To the extent that it could be watched remotely, it was dependent on the user to set up remote access - port forwarding, VPNs, etc.
We use the term VMS here but the same structure exists for DVRs and NVRs.
VSaaS Originally Cloud Only
Originally, VSaaS was typically cloud-only, meaning no VMS server or appliance on-site, simply cameras phoning home directly to the cloud.
Problems With Both Models
Both of these models have problems.
On-site VMS systems force the user to set up their own remote access. For most, this is time-consuming and something they do not understand well, making it either immediately frustrating to set-up or done in a way that increases exposure to vulnerabilities.