The Business Case for Hosted Video Storage

Why the cloud is becoming a preferred surveillance environment for SMBs

Users can remotely access HD files as well as data in the cloud anywhere there is a network connection.

Reducing the need for upfront capital investment, this hybrid model appeals to SMBs and organizations with remote offices like retail stores and banks. It uses a scalable architecture with small monthly operating expenses.

Network storage products can support small- to medium-sized camera counts, enabling users to record and store HD video locally while placing low-res versions in the cloud. The solution provides flexible recording and retention policies, and provides remote viewing capability through smart phones and other web-based devices.

End-users can augment their hosted solutions with low-cost local network attached storage (NAS) to prevent the loss of critical recording and an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) to protect against power outages. When Internet connectivity is restored, the NAS can automatically stream the stored video to the cloud for off-site archiving.

Hosted video solutions cost a fraction of standard DVR/NVR deployments. Video monitoring and smart storage solutions are embedded into many leading storage options, eliminating the need for separate PCs/servers, operating systems and VMS applications. Additionally, end-users get a full-featured network storage device that can handle other data storage activities.


Hosted Video Models

Scalable HVSS are ideal for businesses with less than 250 users and for distributed enterprises seeking affordable, reliable video storage and management.

The Small Business Model: Hosted video is ideal for businesses looking for a storage system that can meet required entry costs, yet can expand as business and surveillance needs grow. Law firms, accounting offices, home offices, restaurants and retail chains with small IP camera counts can use NAS combined with IP cameras at the front door, back door, cash drawer and the dining area/waiting room, to be a secure solution. This entry-level solution can be implemented for less than $1,500.

Distributed Enterprise/Remote Office Model: Distributed enterprises or remote offices with multiple entryways require more than a few IP cameras. These companies need larger-capacity network storage devices with features to support larger camera counts, combined with a cloud service provider to enable a user to locally store HD files while storing standard definition files in the cloud. In this case, network storage devices would be in the price range of $1,000 for a 4TB unit.


Mike Nikzad is the chief operating officer of the iomega Corporation, an EMC Company. For more information on iomega, please visit our buyer’s guide