Milestone XProtect on AWS Tested

By Sean Patton, Published on Sep 21, 2020

Milestone finally launched multiple cloud solutions in 2020, taking a different approach, partnering with Amazon.

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XProtect is now offered on Amazon AWS Marketplace as a free Essentials+ demo and "BYOL" (bring your own license) system. How well does it work? We set up and tested on AWS and share our findings on:

  • How easy is it to setup?
  • How is video streaming performance?
  • How is the system secured?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How does it compare to Genetec and Avigilon cloud?
  • What types of customers should consider XProtect on AWS?
  • Plus a 7-minute video showing how it works

Executive *******

*** ***** ***** *** and **** ** **** XProtect ** *** *****, XProtect ** *** ********* well **** *** ******* and ********* ******* ** running ******** **-****.

*** ******* ********* *** that ******* ** ******** on *** ** ***** complicated, *** **** *** more *********** **** ***** VSaaS ******** *** ************* more *********** **** ******* XProtect **-****. **** ***** surveillance *********** **** *** have *** ******** ********* or ********* ** ******* these ******* [****: **** runs ** *** *********** the ******* *** **]. For ********* **** ********* said **** *** ********* to (***** *** ********* with ******** *********), **** of *** **********/******** *** secure ******* ************* **** already ** ********, *********** the *******.

************, ******* *** ** significantly **** *********** **** turn-key ***** ********* *** potentially ***** *** ***** that *** *** ********* AWS ********* *** ** not ********** *** ******* services *** *** **** impact *******. *** *** service ***** **** ** far ****** **** ****** on-site *******, ****** ********* argues *** ******** **** eliminating *********** ** **-**** servers, ****** *** **-**** servers, *** ****** *********.

Overview *****

*** ********* *-****** ***** reviews *** *** **** findings:

Solid ***** ********* - **** *** ********

**** ***** ***** *** mobile *******, ** ***** no ********** *********** **** viewing **** ** ******** video **** ******** ** AWS. ***** *** * minimal ******** ** *******, typically * ****** ** less ******** ** ******* locally:

***** ********* ******* ** a ******** ** **** VSaaS ************, **** *** similar ** *** **** findings *********, ***** **** **** AWS *** *********.

********* *** ******* **** video ******** ** *** was *** ********* **** testing ** ***** *******:

******** ***** *********** ** limited ***** ** *** downstream ******** ********* ** a ****** ********, *** we *** *** **** any ****** **** ********* 3-4 ******* ************** ** a ****-***** **********.

AWS ***** *** ************* *******

***** ********* ****** ********** for *** ************* ** AWS *** *********, *** a ********** ************ **** as ** ******, *** configuration ** ********** *** routing ** ******* ** setting ** * ********** software-defined *******:

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**** *** **** ******* and ******** **** **** than ******* ** * typical **-******* *** ****** and ****** ***. ********, virtually ***** ***** ***** offering ** **** ************* processes *** ********** **** as **** ** ***** service.

********* ***** **** ******* customers ** ******** ** AWS ***** ******* **** their *** (*** ******* ******* ***** network *****) ********** ** **** of ** ******** ******* network ***********, *********** **** they ** *** **** plans ** ***** * more ****-*** ******** ** a *******.

3rd ***** *** ********* / ******** *************

****** ***** ******* **** offer ****** *** ********** or ******-**-***** *******, ******** on *** ******** **** ***** *********.

******* ********* *** ******** security ****** **** ** be ********** *** *** standard ***** ******** *** XProtect *** ****** ***********, which ** ********* ********** by * ***** ********:

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******* ********* ** ******** this ** * *****-****-*** solution, ***** *** ********* dealers *** *********** *** protecting *** ******** ******** their *** ********. **** is ******** ** ***** surveillance ***** ***** ********* are ************ ********* ******** cybersecurity ******** ** **** of * ************.

AppStream ****** *****

** ***** **** **********-***** ********* ************* ******** *********** ****** well, *** ********* *********** to * ******* ********* version ** ***********. *** primary ********** ** ***** AppStream ***:

  • ****** ****** ***** ********:******* ********* ** ********** to * ******* ******* desktop, **** * ****** PC ***** ***** ** have ******** ******* *********, and ******* ******* *** applied *************. ** ***** systems, **** ***** **** significant ********** *********.
  • ********* ******** ********* ****:******* ****** ******* **** for ***** ******* **** leaves *** **** ******, by ******* * ******* PC ****** *** *** cost *** *** *** be **** ***********. *******, AppStream ***** $*.** *** hour ** ***** ********* per *****.
  • ******** ****** *******:******* ********* **** ** a *** *******, *** full ******** *********** *** be ********* ** ***, Linux *** ******/****** ********, which *** *** ********** offered.

*** ******* ************* *** the ********** ** ************* and **** ****** **** for **** ****** ***** systems.

Multisite *****-****** **********

* ******* ******** ** XProtect ** *** ** managing ******** ******* ******* for ******** ********* *** health/status ****** *** **** server ******** ** **** of *** *** *********:

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*** **** ****** ****** app ******* **********, ***** worked **** *** ***** visibility *** ***** *********** tasks:

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All ********* ******* *********

** *** ** ****** using *****, ******, ** web ******* **** ******** on ***. *** ********** is ********* **** ********** to **-******* ******* ** remote ***, *******, ***** is ** ******* ********** on *** ** *** applications **** * **** is ********* ** ** AWS ******.

Pricing **********

***** **** ***** ** offered ** * *** per-camera ******* *****, ******** is ***** ******** ** perpetual, **** ********* ********* support, **** *** ***** as * ********* **** for ******/*******/******* ************** ** a *******.

*********'* ********* **** (***** file, *** ******) ********* a *** ****** *** month **** ** $**-$** (AWS - ***/***/*********/************/***** ********), in **** ******* ** 100 *******.

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*** **** ** ********* licenses ** ******** *** the **** ***** ** based ** * *-**** term ***** ***** ~**% off *** ******* *****.

********* **** **** ******** provides *********** ** ****** and ******, *** ********* risks ** ****** **** in *** ****** ******:

** ******** ** ****, physical ******** ****** *** to ***** ** *********** safety ******* ** *** design, ***** ***** *** overall ******** ************** *********** expensive. *** ******** ****** in * ******/***** ****** in *** ************ ** customer *******, *** ********* the ******** **** ***** to ***** ** **** space *** ******** ****** growth. *** ****** ** sunk **** ** ***** hardware.

** ******** ** **** one ****** ******** **** the ****** ** ** IT ************** *** ***** surveillance ** * *********** difficult ****. ***** *** a *** ** ****** parts **** *********** **** to ** ***** ** few *****, ***** ***** complexity ****** ** ********* (in **** ** ***** triggered *********) ***** *** close ** ** ***** guesses. ** * ******** deployment *** **** ** live **** *** ****** made ** *** ****** design, ***** * ***** topology ****** *** ** optimize *** ********* **** there ** ** *********** baseline.

** **** ********** *** cost ******* ** ** important ** **** * holistic *** ***********. ** the **** *** ** it ***** ** ****** to ***** *** ***** migration ******* *** ************ with *********** **-******** ** strategies, ************* **** * cloud ***** ******** **** encounter ********** ** ********** cost ** ****** ** deploy *** *** ****** on-premises **** ******** ********.

****'* ********** **** *** is **** ******* *** increase ************ ** ******* optimizations *** *** *** are ********. *** ******* an ********** *** *******, these ***** *** *** be *********** *** *** running ******** ** ********* of ******* ** *** cloud, *** ***** ***** easily ****** **** ***********.

Competitive **********

*********'* *********** ********* ***** cloud ** * *****-** feature ** ***** *** (Avigilon, *****, ******* *****) in ******** ** *** open *** ****** *** complicated ******** ********* ** using. **** ** **** offer *********'* ****** ***** it ******** ***** ********.

*******'* ***** ******** ** more *********** **** ********, Exacq, *** ******* ***** but **** **** *********. Unlike *********, ******* ****** turnkey ***** *******, ***-********** storage, ********* *** ************ for *** ******* *******. However, ******* ** *********, they ** *** ***** a ****** ****** ****** cloud ******** *** ***** core ***, ******* ************ a **** ***** ******.

** ***** *********, ********* is **** ******** *** the ******** *** **** of ******* ***'* *** VMS ******* ** *** cloud, ***** ***** ** attractive *** **-**** *** virtualization *** **** ** too ******* *** ****** for *** ******* ************ user **** ****** ***** their *** **** ***** access.

Comments (19)

***** *****-**, ******!

*** ** **** ********* and **% ******, **** this ********* **** ** hours ** ********* *** day *** ** ****?

**** ** *******, *** camera. *********'* ********** ****** motion ****** ** **%, 25%, **%, *** ***% for *********.

* **** *** * VSaaS ******* - ** take **** * *** from **** ***********.

* ****** **** ********* as * ******* *** the ****** *** * know **** **** ***** are ***** *****. *******, this ******** ** ******** to **. **'* ********* running ** ***, ****, so *** *** *** application *** ** **** own ********. *******, *** still **** ** ****** the *** ***********. * suppose ** **** ***** this ** "****** ** the *****" *******, **** of *** ********** ** a *********** ***** ******* are *** ****.

** ** ******* ***** is ******** ** **** things ******, *** **** what * *** ****, this ******** **** ***** things **** **** *******. I *** ** *** off ****, *** * don't ***** **** ** going ** *** **** traction.

******. *** ***** ** feedback *'** ***** **** my ******* ** **** use ******** **** * channel *** * ***. Generally, **** ** **** small/start-up *********.

*** **** ***** **** on ***? ** **** don't *** *** ********* but **** ***** ********* have ** *** *** the *** ****.

****, ** ******** *** AWS ****. ******** ** looks **** **** ** the *** ***** ***** be *********.

*** ***** **** ** pay ********* ******** ** seems. ** **** **** normal. **** ** ********* IaaS *******.

** **** **** *** kind ** ********** **** helps ********* *** ****** bandwidth ****'* ****** **** the ******** ** ***?

** ***,

****** ************* * ******* **** will ******* *** ********* upload *** ******** **** needed ***** ** *** information ******* ** *** rest ** *** **********.

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*** *********** ****** ********* (which **** ******* ** an ******* **** ** the *** ********** *** plays **** *** ********* bandwidth), ** ***** ********* using *** ************* ********* calculator.

* *** *** **** of *** ******** *** sure. ** ******.

****** ***** *** **** a ******.

* ***** ******** ** one ** *** ******* stream ** ***** ******* this *** *** *** advantages ** ********* *** a **** ******** ***, plus *** ******** ** Windows ****** **** *** you *** ** ****** your *** *******, ****** control *** **** **** instead ** ****** **** bricked.I ***** **** ****** have * **** *** and ***** ** * hybrid ***** ** ** organization *** ** **** size ****** **** * full ***** *****. ** this ***** ***** *** those ******. ** *** already **** *** ***** and *** **** ** add ** *** **** this ***** ** ****. And *** *** *** held ******* ** **** months ***** ****** *******.

******* *** *** **** hostage ** ****** ***** will ******* **** *** all ***** ***** ********* anyway.

** ***** **** ******* by ****** ***** **** being **** ******* ** one ** *** ***** VSaaS *********? ****'* *** forking **** *** ***** no ****** ***** *** you ******? ***** ***** several ** **** *** Amazon *** ****** *** scenes ****** (* ***** be ***** ******).

** ***** **** ******* by ******

** ********, **** ******, you *** **** *** of ** ** **** other ***** ********, ** on-site *******, ***. * am ***** ********* **** this ** * **** move *** **** **** a *** ***** ************* but **'* **** ****** to ****** ** *** realize *** ******* **, well ****** *** ***-*** for *** *-**** **** :)

**** *** ** *****. I ***** ****** ** "held *******" ** *** ACTUAL ***** ********, *** be **** ** **** any **, ** * wanted *** **** * switch. ** ** *** cheap ** ****** ***** quantities ** **** *** of ***. *** *** cheaper **** ********* *** HW *** ** *** all *** ****.

*** *** ***** *** be ****, **** *** recording ******* ** *******, if **** ** *********. There *** **** ********** in * **** *********** to **** *** ********** on *** *******, *** have *** ********** ******* in *** *****.

*** **** ***** ** the *** ******** ** to **** *** ******** access ** * ******** that *** **** ****** the *****, ***** * infrastructure **** ** **** to ******, *** **** up ** ******** *** governmental ***********.

** *** *** **** operating ** * ****** country, **** *** ** only ** ********* ** you ****** ** *** already ***** ***. *** yes, ** ** **** of * ****, **** a ******. ******* ******** is *** *******, **** can ** **** *** VMSaaS, *** ** ***** together **** **** *** XProtect ** ******* ********.

"**** *******" ** * term **** *, *** I'm **** ***** ***** providers **** ***** *****. I ***** *** **** when *** **** ** VSaaS *** *** ********* less ** * ******* than **** ***** ***** of **** ************. *** reality ** **** **** video ** ****** *** significantly **** **** **** almost *** ***** ********* data. (***** *****, **********, documents, ***, *********, ***** of ****, ***...) *** all ** ***** ***** domains *** ** *** cloud *** *** *** many ****** *** ********* that ****'** ***** **** hostage ** ********** ** Dropbox.

**** ***** ************ **** that *'** **** ** stored ** *** **-** day *****. (* **** that ***** *** **** cases ***** **'* ****** for ****** - *** think ***** **** *********.)

***** **** - ******* could ****** ***** ********* to * *** ******** (cloud, ***** ** ********* completely *********) *** **** after **-** **** (******* long **** **** ** store ***** *****) **** can ****** ***** ****** Amazon *******, ** ******** other ***** **** **** have. ***** ** ****** no *** ** ** that **** *** ***** category ** ***** ***********.

***** ** *** ******** of ****** *** **** 30-60 **** ** ******* for * ***** ** two - ******* **'* pretty ***** ** *** grand ****** ** ******. It ***** ******** **** a *** **** ** try ** ******* **.

*'* ******* - **** do ****** ********* ** when **** **** **** Exacq ** ******** (** any ***** ******** **** that)? ** **** **** their ***** **** *** platform ** *** ***** or ** **** **** let *** "***" ****** run *** * ***** until *** *** *** has ** **** ** storage?

* **** ***** **** anyone **** ***** **** one ****** ** ******* from * ********* ************. The **** *'** **** is ******* *** *** system ***** *********** (**** no *** *********) ***** the ********* ****** ****** or **** ****** **** all ******* *** ***** off *** ***, **'* shut **** *** **** for *** ********* ****** "just ** ****".

*** ***** *****! *** would ** * ***** analogy ** *******, *******, hard ****** *** ** all ****, ***** ***. So *** ***** ****** to ****** **** ***** company * ** ***** company * *** ****** backup/archive *** ***** *** then ****** ********* *** fo *** ********.

***** * ** *** arguing ******* *****. *** a ***** *****! ***** for **** ******* ** customers. ** *** * had * ******** ***** (assuming ** *** ***** internet ******) * ***** absolutely *** * *****. Small ****** ** *******, low ***********, **** **** anything ** ****, ****** is ****** ******, ***. scale ** **** ***** and ** ***** ***** awesome.

***** ** * **** and * ********. **'* not *** *** **** answer. ** *** ******* on **** ******** *** ask.

**** ****** * ***** for * ********, * large ********* ******* (*** cameras ****, **** *******) core ******* *** ********* and *** **** *** plus * *** ******. 24/7 ******** *******, *** on ****. ** ***** term *** *** ****** what **** **. *** cloud ** ***** * years *** **** **** being **** ********* *** larger *******

***** -- ******** ************ AWS ********** ******* ****. Just * *** ************:

#* -- * **** thePricing ********** section because it seems to explain the moving parts very concisely. A lot of the breakdowns I see will skip components and explain things wrong.

#* -- *** ***** on * ******* *****. You ****** ****'* ******** to ** *** ** this *****. ****** **** not **** *** ******* them **** **** ********. That's **** ***** **** mine *** ***. **** just **** ** ******* the ********. **** ****** will ****** ****** **** into *** ** *** groups: *) ****** **** your ************* ** ************ or ********** ********, ** b) ****** **** *** software. ****'* *** **** make ** ***** *** Authorized / ****** / Premier ********* **** ***** and ************.

#* -- **'* **** to ***** ** *** or ****** ** * remote **********, *** **'* smarter ** ***** ** them ** * ********** of ********. *** ***** services *** ******** ** do *** ****** -- solve ******** ********, ** help *** ****** *****. So....

****'* ********** **** *** is **** ******* *** increase ************ ** ******* optimizations *** *** *** are ********.

**** *'* ****** ** that **** ***** ****** trend ******** **** ************* and ********** ********, ****** you're ****** *** ********* or ****** ******. **** of ** **** ** on ******** ******'* ******** to **** ********* ** price ********** ******* ********.

#* -- ***** ************* on *** **** ** / **** *** *******: Data **** ** ******** is ****. **** **** goes ***, *** *** for.

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