Hosted Video: What’s in Your Cloud?

Leverage the solutions for the customer case by case

Also, today’s individual video-based object recognition that can retrieve synopses of video clips that correspond to criteria will automate the reaction process by presenting video footage before and after events, making the video management system imitate repetitive review tasks and reduce manpower. Manpower will be better allocated as a result of this; for example statistical temporal correlation of domestic violence cases linked to times of the month or year will “sensitize” public surveillance tools in operation and will move the eyes of law enforcement to areas needing it. The direct impact will be to move the job of security to a smarter, better armed and allocated law enforcement agency that cooperates with the public and shares the surveillance function.

The use of the cloud and hosted services to support these efforts is the evolution of all these scenarios moving forward. The effect will be monumental and we’ve only begun to see the true impact.

Reference document: Hosted Video Use Cases (pdf download)  [The use cases chart, created and submitted by Axis Communications, illustrates a variety of different vertical market hosted video use case scenarios and their possible recording status and other parameters which may be suited for these particular customers.]

There are significant benefits for deploying hosted video solutions:

  • No software upgrades or anti-virus software required for duration of service
  • Mobile and remote devices like BlackBerry, Android, iPhones, iPads and Laptops are supported directly from the Internet site: you still get alarms, real time and recorded video even if local storage is damaged
  • Reduced installation time
  • Works with existing infrastructure four ways:
    • Existing analog cameras
    • Wireless Ethernet
    • Wired Ethernet
    • Ethernet over powerline

Here are some important terms in hosted video and cloud computing:
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)--Whether it is storage or computing power, companies providing these cloud solutions are a great complement to SaaS.The IaaS customer is a software owner that is in need of a hosting environment to run their software. IaaS vendors use virtualization technologies to provide computing power.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)--There’s a whole new breed of companies offering a developer’s platform for hosted solutions. A customer of a Platform as a Service offering is also a software owner that is in need of a hosting environment for their application. PaaS delivers computing power by providing a runtime environment for application code.
Public Cloud--In simple terms, public cloud services are characterized as being available to clients from a third-party service provider via the Internet. The term “public” does not always mean free, even though it can be free or inexpensive. A public cloud does not mean that a user’s data is publicly visible; public cloud vendors typically provide an access control mechanism for their users.
Private Cloud--A private cloud offers many of the benefits of a public cloud computing environment, such as being elastic and service based. The difference is that in a private cloud-based service, data and processes are managed within the organization without the restrictions of network bandwidth, security exposures and legal requirements using public cloud services might entail. In addition, private cloud services offer the provider and the user greater control of the cloud infrastructure, improving security and resiliency because user access and the networks used are restricted and designated.
Community Cloud--A community cloud is controlled and used by a group of organizations that have shared interests, such as specific security requirements or a common mission. The members of the community share access to the data and applications in the cloud.
Hybrid Cloud--A hybrid cloud is a combination of a public and private cloud that interoperates. In this model users typically outsource non-business- critical information and processing to the public cloud, while keeping business-critical services and data in their control.
Service Providers or Video Hosting Providers--Operate a server platform providing services directly to end user or through service resellers or video service providers. Sometimes this terminology is misunderstood since the IT industry uses the term service provider for what the security industry calls video hosting provider.
Video Service Providers--Qualify the application, match it with a use case and sell the hosted solution. They typically offer the hosted video provider’s service to end users and maintain the system at the remote site.