Training: VSaaS Hosted/Managed Basics

Author: John Honovich, Published on Aug 21, 2010

This hour long training explains the basics behind Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS). If you want to learn about the most talked about emerging trend in the industry, this is an ideal place to start.

VSaaS eases deployment and use of video surveillance to residential and small business users. However, the market is early with so many different providers and even numerous different architectures.

In this training, we explain:

  • The key terminology and issues behind Video Surveillance as a Service including the 'cloud', services, managed video, hosted video, port forwarding, UPnP, 'plug n play' and more
  • The 4 most common architectures: (1) live only, (2) storage on-board cameras, (3) storage in on-site appliances and (4) storage in the cloud. We then examine the tradeoffs of each
  • The differences between today's VMS software and the emerging VSaaS providers
  • The different business models and the implications of varying 'go to market' strategies.

The introduction video below overviews our training:

This training is an introduction and pre-requisite to our VSaaS Comparison Guide explaining the approaches and differences of 22 VSaaS providers.

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Cloud: With zero storage on-site, all video is sent, stored and managed at the VSaaS provider's data center. The end-user makes requests for live or archived video to the provider via the cloud and not directly to the camera(s).

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