VSaaS 101

By IPVM Team, Published Mar 25, 2020, 12:14pm EDT

Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) is the common industry term for cloud video. But what does it mean? How does it all work?

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Inside this guide, we explain the fundamentals step by step including:

  • SaaS vs VSaaS
  • Hosted vs Managed by Hybrid Video
  • Upstream Bandwidth Impact
  • Bridge / Appliance Role
  • VSaaS VMS Capabilities
  • Camera Lock-In vs Open Support
  • 3rd Party Integrations
  • Analytics In VSaaS
  • Setup and Maintenance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Monitoring - Remote and On-Site
  • VSaaS RMR
  • Pros and cons of hosted, managed and hybrid
  • NVRs and VMSes Becoming VSaaS
  • Survey of common VSaaS providers

SaaS ** *****

**** (******** ** * service) ** *** ******** of **-******** ** ********** software. ***** ********* ****** vs ****** ***.

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**** *********** ********* ****** you *** **** **-***** and *** ** ** your *** ********. **** Office *** *** *** periodically *** *** ** in ** '*****' ******** (i.e., *** '*****').

***** (***** ************ ** a *******) ** * term **** ** ***** to ****** *** ******** and ******** ******* ** SaaS ******* ** ***** surveillance ** * *******.

***** ** *** * 'standardized' ****, **** ****** do *** *** ** or *** *** ** with * ******** ********* meaning *** ** ** the **** ****** **** term ** *** ******** today ** ******** ****.

Hosted ** ******* ** ****** *****

***** ***** ** *** general ******** ****, ***** are *** ***** ***** of *****: ****** *** managed - ***** ******* on ***** *** ***** is *****.

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  • ******* ***** ** **** the ***** ** ***** stored **-**** ** ** traditionally *** **** *** managed ** *** *****.
  • ****** ***** ** **** the ***** ** ****** in *** *****, *** on-site, ** **** ** managed ** *** *****.
  • ****** ***** ** **** the ***** ** ********* stored **-**** *** ********* in *** *****.

Upstream ********* ******

******* ****** ***** ******** video ********* ***** ******** connections, ***** ** ** increased *** ******** ** traditional **-******* *********. ************ this *** *** **** detrimental ** *** *** of ****** ***** *** most ******* ****** **** SMB ** *********** ***.

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** ******** ********* *** H264/H.265/smart ***** *** **** increased ** ****, **** is ******** **** ** an *****. *******, ******** bandwidth ********* *** *** symmetric (********** ** ********) and *** **** ************* based ** *** ****** or ****.

Bridge / ********* ****

** ****, ****** ** the **** ****** ***** architecture, ********* **** * bridge ** ********* **-****. The ****** ******** * fundamental ********* ** * hybrid ******, * ****** connection **** *** **-**** cameras ** *** ***** servers, *** ***** ********* storage ** **** ** Internet ******* ** ********* bandwidth.

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**** ******* **** ***** on-premise ***** ********* *** allow **** *** ***** camera *******, ***** **** hosted ******* **** ******* cameras **** * ****** manufacturer ** *********** *******.

VSaaS *** ************

***** ***** ********* *** theoretically ******* ******* ************ as *********** *****, **** cloud-first ***** **** ********** user *** **********, **** limited **** ************* **********, minimal ******** **** ********, and ******* *** ***** camera *******.

******* *********** ***** *** designed ** ** ****-********* on-site *******, **** ********* offer ****** ************* *** thick ****** ************ **** advanced ********. ******* ******** like *** ********** ********** and ****** *******, ***** are ******** ** ********** with ***** *****, *** limited ** ********* **********-******* VMSes.

Camera ****-** ** **** *******

IPVM Image**** ****** ***** ********* lock *** ** ** a ******** ** **** supporting ***** *** *********** cameras. *** ******* **** continue ** **** ** you ******** ***** ********** cloud ******* ** **** and ****** *****. ** you ** *** *** for **** ** **** paying *** ****, *** cameras *** ** ****** be ****** *** ***** recorded. ************, ****** ********* from ****** ***** *** typically ******* ** *** range ** ********* ********, form *******, *** ****** types.

**** **** ****** *** Managed *****, * ******* appliance ** **** ** you *** ****** **** using *** *****'* *** camera ******** ** ***** a *****-***** ******. ******** their *** ******* *** offer ******** ** ***** of ****** ***********, *******, and ****** *************** *** the *****/**** *** ***** choose ******* *******'* ** cameras ******* ****** ******* or *****.

3rd ***** ************

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**********, ***** *** **** advantages *** ************ *** practically, ** ****, ** has *********** ***********.

*** ******** ** **** cloud ** *** ******** are ********* ***** ******* of *********** **** *** party *******, ******** **** APIs *** ****-********** ********* for ************* ******* ********* systems.

*** ******** ** **** the **** ****** ** video ************ ******* *** still ********* **-**** *** not ******** ******* ** integrating **** ******* ** the *****. **** *********** communication ******* ******* ** many ***** ** *** have *** ********* ************ themselves, *** *** ******* to *** ** **** the ********** ******** *** reliably.

Analytics ** *****

******** ********* ** **** of * ****** ***** leverages **** *** ***** is ******* ** *** cloud. ***** ******** ********* should ** ****** ******** by *********** *** ******** limitations ** **-**** ********* or *******.

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*******, ***** ********* **********, specifically ****** ***** ******* (Amazon, ******), *** ** very *********. ****, **** Managed ** ****** ***** Internet ****** *** **** increase *** *** ***** the ****** ** ******* that *** ** ********.

Setup *** ***********

***** *** *********** *** two ** *** **** commonly ***** ******** ** VSaaS, ***** ********* ***** plug-and-play ************ *** *******/*******, and ********* ******** *******.

**** **** ***** *** cameras/bridges **** *****-**** ** long ** **** **** an ******** **********. ********* them ** * ******** customer's ******* ** ** simple ** ******** ** a ****** ******/****** **** that ** ******* ** the ******. **** ******* even ***** * ** Code ******* ** ***** mobile ***, ** ********* typos *** ********** *** process. **** *** ** significantly ******* *** ****** than ******* ** * traditional *** **** *** party ****** *******, ********** the **** *** *********** or ******** ********* ************.

******** ******* *** ************* managed ** *** ***** vendor, *** ********* ** not ******* *** ****** from * **** ** integrator. **** ************* ********** system *********** *** ****** process ******** ** **** traditional *****.

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************* ** ******** *** biggest ******* ** *****, in ********** **** ** comes ** ****** ********** because *** ****** ** securely ********** ****** **** an ******** ********** *** does *** ******* ******** configuration ** * *** client ** ******* ** the *******.

*** **** ****** ******* vulnerability *** ***** ************ is ******** ********* ***** on ** *** ** VMS, ***** *** ****** through *** ****'* ********/******. With ***** ***** *****-**** cameras/bridges **** ********* * secure ********** ******** ** the ***** *******, ** open ***** ** ******** firewall ************* ** ******.

************, *** ******** *** software *************** *** ** applied **** ******* *** remotely ** *** ***** vendor, ******* ****** **** a **** ** **********.

On-Site ********** **********

***** ***** *** **** remote ********** ****** *** often **** ****** **** on-premise *******, **** ********* challenges *** **-**** ********** because ***** *** **** to **** **** *** VSaaS ****** (**** *** Internet), *** ******** **** the ******. **** ** because ** ************* **************, the *******/******* *** ******** to **** ****** *********** from *** ***** ******, not * *** ******* from ** ** **-**** PC.

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**** ***** ***** ****** LAN ******* ** **** offer * ***** ****** that ******** ******** ************ to *********** ********, ** by ********** * ***** security ***********, *******, ***** add ********** *** ******* local ************ *** *************.

VSaaS ***

IPVM Image******* ****** *** ****** VSaaS ******* ***** ******* and ****** **********, *** associated ************ **** *** be * *** ********* monthly ******* (***) *** integrators/distributors. *******, **** *********** struggle ** ****** ***** sales ***** ** **** change ** *******. ***********, some ***** *** ********** to ***** ******* ******* purchases *** ** *** want ** *********** ***** a ****** **** **** stop ******* ** **** do ***/****** *** *** subscription ***.

*********** *** ** *** are **** *** **-***** with ******* ********* ******* opportunities. **** ************ ****** ******** *********** contracts ** *** ***** updates ** *******, *** ***** *** not ******** *** *** system ** ******** *******.

Managed - **** *** ****

******** ** ****** ** hybrid *****, ******* ***** saves *********** ********* ** keeping *** ***** ******* on-site ***** ******** ****** cloud ********** *** ****** remote **********. **** ******* VSaaS ** *** ******* paid ************* ******* ** storage ** *******.

*******, **** ******* ******* do *** ********* ***** strong ********* ******* *** video ** *** ************ processed ** *** *****. Additionally, ****** ******** ********* is **** ******* ******* the ******** ***** ******* on-site *** ***** ** be ******** ******** *** remote *******.

Hosted - **** *** ****

****** ***** ****** ****** remote ********** *** ***** management. ************, ***** ******* capacity ** *** ******* by ******** **-**** *** can ** ******** ** purchasing **** ***** ** the *****. ******** *** firmware ******* *** ******* by *** ***** ********, saving **** *** ********* for *** **** *** integrator.

*******, ****** ***** ******** monthly/yearly ********* ************* ** maintain ****** ** **** and ******** *****, *** additional ***** ******* *** be *********. ****, ** the ***** ******** ** lost **** ********** *** video ********* *** ****. Moreover, ******** ****** *** will ******** *** ***** is * ********* ***** to *** ****** ** cameras **** *** ** supported. **** ****** ***** also ****-** *** **** to *********** *******.

Hybrid - **** *** ****

****** ***** ****** ******* positive ******** ** ******, secure ****** ********** *** cloud **********, *** **** has ********* **-**** ******* that *** **** ********** in **** ** ** Internet ****** *** **** upload **** *********** ** the *****. ****** ***** also ********* ******* **** 3rd ***** *******.

******* **** ****** ***** use * ****** ** connect ** ***** ********, there ** ********** ******** compared ** **** ******-**** Hosted *******, ***** **** complexity. ************, **** ****** VSaaS ******* *******/****** ********* subscriptions ** ******** ****** to **** *** ******** video.

NVRs *** ***** ******** *****

**** ******** **** ***** management ******* ***** ** 2015 *** ** ***** component ** ********. *** type ** ***** ** remote ********** *** *** function ** * *****, which *** ************ **** limited ** ***-***** *** and *********** *******, **** simple ******** *** ******* camera *******.

***** ************** ***** ************ is ****** **-**** *** VMS / ****, *** step ********* *** ** for ***** ******** ** effectively ****** ******* ** adding ** ***** *** cloud ** ****** ********** 'phone ****' ************"

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***** **** ****** **** like ***** ** **** put ******* *** ***** management **** ****** **** their *** **-**** ******* or ****** *** ******* themselves, *** *** ******** features **** ** *********.

*** ***** *** **** go ***** *** ** VMS **** ****** *********** over *** **** * years ******* ******** ***** built-in. ** **** ** like ** *** *** era *** ********* *** adding ****** ****** ** one's ***. ** *** that **** ** ** an ******* ***** ****** will ** **** ** afford *** ******** ***** features.

Survey ** ****** ***** *********

***** *** * ****** types ******* *********, *****-*****, *** *****-****, NVR ***.

*****-*****

***** *** ****** ** cloud-first ********* **** ******* growing *** ********************, *****-************ *** ********, *** *********** ************ manufacturers****,******** ****,******* **********, ************ **** *** *******.

*** ********** ** ***** can ****** ******* ** region, ****** ********, *** integrator ******** ******* ************, cloud-first ******* **** **** sold ******* ****** ********** channels. *******, **** *** entrants,****************, *** ******** ** direct **** *****.

*** ***** ****

*** ************,******* *****,********, *** ****** **** added ****** ****** ***** access ** ***** *********. These ********* ** *** typically ******* *****-***** ********** but *** * ****** proxy/routing ******* ** ******* remote ******* ** **-**** servers. ****** **** *****-***** hosted ** ****** *****, these *****-**** ********* ** not ******* **** ******* subscriptions.

*** ***

***-**** *** ********* ********* and ***** **** ******* P2P ****** ********** ********, however, **** **************** ***********, ************ ********** ***** **** forwarding** ***** *** ******* Hik-Connect *****. ********, ***-******* has******** ************* ***************.

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**** ********** - * work *** ***** *** Networks

**** ** **** ******* that * ***** ********** things ****. * **** I'm ****** - *** I *** ****** ****** more *** **** ** the *****, ** * variety ** ********* ****. From **** ** ********* tell **, **** ****** like *** *********** ********** capabilities **** ** (*** other ***** *******) *****. This ********* ***** *** faster ************ *** ********** maintenance **** **** - which ********* *** **** satisfaction.

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** ***** ** *********** to ******** *** ***** is *****\**** ** ******* of *** *****-** *******, especially *** ***** ********* that *** *********** *** lock *** **** *********.

** *** ***** ** people ******* **** **** introducing ******* ** ***** negative ******* ** ***** video ********?

**** ********* ********* **** done ** ***** ***** of *** *****, **** happens ** ***** ** a ********** ******* ** reduce *** ********* ***** to ****?

*** ***** ********* ******* their ********* **** ********* cost ********* ** ***********?

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***, ** ** ******* the ******** ****** *****-** has ********. ******** ********* say ***** ** ****** bandwidth (** ***** **** in *** ***********) ** can ******* ****** **** latency *** **** ********** are ** *** ***** of *** ***.
******* *** ** ******** troublesome *** ********** **** UDP *********** ** *******.

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** ** ****, ******** with *** ***** ********* were **** ****** *****-** situation. **** *******/**** **** (and ***** ***) ********** bad.

*** *** ********** *** unexpected ******* ****** ** Netherlands? *** *** **** it's *** **** ******* provider *******?

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*** *****-** ******** ******** from ***** ** ** help ****** ****** ****** to **** **** ****** distancing *********. **'** ********* cloud ******* ***** ** help ****** ****** ******* before **** *** *** this **-*******. ** **** customer's ********* **** ******* in ***** ** ********** on ****** **********, **'** connect ***** ******* ***.

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* ***** ***** ******* will ** **** ** hand **** **** ** backup. * **** ***** the ******* **** **** a **** **** ** play ****.

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******** *** ***** **** - "***** *******" ** not ***** ***** ************. It's * ****, *** sometimes * **** ********* part, *** **'* **** some ** *** ******* solution. * ***** **** goes ****** **** ******* thinking **** **** **** to ***** ***** ***** offsite ** ******* ******* someone ******** ***** ***.

**'* ********** ** ****** that ******* ** ***** Movie ******* *** *** use ** ** **** sure ****** ****** **** DVD **********. ***** ** so **** **** ** Netflix **** **** *** movies **** *** ****** there. *** *** ****** find *** ****** **** you ****, *** *** watch **** **** ******** on ****** *** ******. You *** ****** ********** users ** ***** **** account, *** *** *** for ****** ********** (*.*. 4K ******) ** *** less *** **** '******** resolution' (***** ***** **** one *** * ****** - ******* ** ****** a *** *** ****** and *** *** **** you *** * ****** of ***** ***** * month *** *** **** from ***** ** **)

***** ***** ************ ** a *** **** ****. Obviously ***** *** ****** where *** ******* *****'* work, *** **'* * lot **** **** * video ******* *****. **** like **** ********** *** systems, ***** ** **** to **** ***** ************ system **** **** *** Dell ** ** ****** it **** **. ***** is *** ******* ** get ****** ** **** video **** ********, *** consolidation ** ******** *** controls ** * ****** screen. ******** *** **** you ***** **** ***** with **** * ****** of ****** ** ***** flexibility *** ***** **** have ** ***** ** compliance *******.

**** ****** **** ***** video ************ *** *** same ******* **** **** cloud *** *******, ***** accounting ******* *** ***** business ************. *** ****** answer ** **** **** don't **** ** ***** about *********** **** - either ****** *********** ** feature *******. **** **** log ** *** *** the ******, *** **** can ***** ** ******* their ********.

** ****** **** **** is **** ******* ***** "cloud *******" ******* **** on *** ******* *** it's ******** *** **** the **** ********* ***.

****>

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** **** **** ** another **** ** ***. 5G ** ****** ******

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**** ****:

**** ** * **** good *****. *'* ***** I ****** ** **** week - * ****** many ***** ***** **** also ****** ** ******* of *** *** ***** news, *** **** ***** be * *****. * don't ***** ** ***** be * *** **** to ******* **** ***** a *** *****. *** length *** ***** ** the ******* ** ******* for * ***** ******** of *******.

***** **** *****.

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***** **** ***** ******** and ***** ******* ** IPVM ** ***** ***** gives ** ******** ** what ** **** *** when ******** * ********.

**: * **** *** Duranc

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****'* *****-*****? * ***** think ***'* **** **** cloud (** ****** ******...********* straight ** ***** ***** Nest/Amazon, ** **** **** onboard *******) *** **** the ****** (*********, **, etc.) *** **** *** pretend ***** (***, ***** access?).

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****'* *****-*****?

#*, * ***** **** you **** ** *** ask **** ********, **** ordering ***** *****.

** ***** ** **** is *****-'*********', * ***** it's *** ******* ***** on ******** **************, ******* and ***********.

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***** **** *** *** thanks *** *** **** you **. **'** ** the ***** ***** ******** (and ***-****) ******** (***** scale...or *********) *** **** to *** ******* ** these ******, **** ** see **** ******** *** opinions.

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*** ***** ******** ** the ********* ***** **** use '*****' *** **********. Cloud ***** **** ** essentially ** *****. *** Cloud ***** ***** ****** to *** ***** ****** in *** *****, ** well ** *****. *** terms **** ******* ******** instead ** '********* ** the *****' ** **** 'stored *** ******** ** the *****'. *** ** course *****'* '***** **********'. Marketing ******* *** **** the ***** **** ******** is ******.

True ***** ** **** *****: No recording device onsite, just cameras. Axis AVHS, Stratocast, ControlByNet, Nest, Amazon, etc. - HOW I DEFINE: A camera can be shipped anywhere in the world and will work once connected to the Internet. Cameras can do on-board as a backup in case of Internet outage (some do, some don't).

Cloud *******: An appliance onsite - Eagle Eye, Avigilon Blue (I think), Honeywell MaxPro, etc. - HOW I DEFINE: For it to work there must be an appliance onsite, whether bought or 'leased'. The camera connects to the appliance and the appliance connects and uploads video to a central repository. From that repository customers can view video, make changes (that goes to the appliance onsite), etc.. NOTE: The concept has been around for 20 years when you could upload (ftp) video from a DVR to a remote folder/site. What was never around was the control and functionality that these companies have brought along to control the solution.

*** ******* ** **** above ********* ** ******* management, ******** ***** **********, etc..

Cloud **********: Any DVR, NVR, or Camera that is be accessed from the Internet to the local onsite device. As opposed to the other 2 solutions this usually requires configuration of the local network (port forwarding, etc.).

**** ** ******* **** someone ***'* ******* *** industry *** ** *****.

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Cloud **********:*** ***, ***, ** Camera **** ** ** accessed **** *** ******** to *** ***** ****** device. ** ******* ** the ***** * ********* this ******* ******** ************* of *** ***** ******* (port **********, ***.).

**** **** ** *****, specifically ***** **** **********. More *** **** **** and ***** *** ****** in ***** ************* ******* any **** **********, *.*.,***** ****** ***** ****** Tested, ******** ******** ***** this, ***.

** *** **** **** type ** ************, *** would **** * **********: 'true *****' ** *** call, '***** *******', '***** managed' (*.*., *****) *** 'cloud **********'.

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****'* ******* - * was **** ******** ** most *** ******. ********* the ****** ******** ********* have ** ******* ***. But ** **** **** they *** *** **** cloud-managed *** *****-**********, **** some (*****, ********) ***'* require *** ******* *****. I ***** **'* ****** 'out ** *** ***' cloud **********/******* ****** ***.

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* ***** ****** *** should ** "****", *** "VSaaS" (***** *****). ** did * **** ************ functionality ** **** ** Excel?

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****** *** **** ***** comment! *** ***** ** updated.

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***** **** ** **** the ******** ** *** coming ***** ** ***** storage ***** ******** ** drop *** ******** ****** increase **** **.

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* **** ** ********. VSaaS ** *** ***** of * **** *** critical ********** *** *** many ********** ******* ** to ***** *** **** is ***** *** *** owns **. * ****** DDOS ****** *** ****** a ***** ****** ******* and ******** ************* ********. Cloud ** *** ****** when ******* ******.

**** ** ***** ** professional ******** ************, **** device ********** ***** *** storage *** ******* ******* and *******. *** **** full ******* ** ****, hardware, *** ******** *** no ******* ** ** the ***** ** ** internet **********. ****** ****** will **** ** ********** breach **** ******** ** attack *** ***** ******. Having ****** ** ******* manage *** ***** ********** is *** ******, *** VSaaS.

* ** ***** **** centralized ******* **** ** dinosaurs ****, *** *** industry **** ****** ** hundreds ** *** ******* (cameras).

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***** ** ****, *** keep * **** ** high *** **** *** on *** ** **** or **-***** ******.....******* ******. It ***'* **** **** the ***** *** ** will ** ****** **** has **** **** ** or ** ******* ** one ********. *** ****, or ******. ***** ** the ****** *** **** business. *** *** ***** will ** *******......********* *** 200 ******* ** * managed ******, ****** ******* are ** *****. ******* is ********* **********.

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**,**** **** *** ***, for ***** ** ***** an **** ****** *********? Even ** ** ** commercial **** ******?

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#*, **** ********, *** VSaaS, ***** **'* * 'service' ********* ** **********, it's ***** ****** ** someone ************ (**** ** the ***** ** ***** being ****** **-**** *** the ******* ** ***** offered ** ** ******). I ***'* **** ****** offering **** ****** **** for *** ******* *** there ***** **, * could ** ******* **.

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** **** *********, *** 'service' ****** ** *** SaaS ******* *** ****** for ****-****** *******, ** definition.

**** ***** ****, **** the***** ******** ******* *** and *****, ** **** ****** VMS ****** **************** ******* ***** ***********, *** ** * "turnkey" *****, *** * hosted *** *****/*** ******.

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*** **** **** ******* open-source ** **'* * good *******....*** **** ***** in ***********. ** ***** a ******** ** **** its *** ******** ** desire, *** ***'* **** out ****** ****. **** way *** ******** ** customer ** ** ******* of ***********, ********* *** can ******* ****** ******* customer ******* ** ** as **** ***** **** login. *** ** ***'* heavily ****** ** ****.

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