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Cloud Based CCTV Storage Systems

Since the beginning of this year, the terms “cloud based solution” and “cloud video management” have been thrown around like mad. If you have anything to do with the industry, there’s not a week that goes by where a new article is published by an industry “standard” that heralds the cloud, yet doesn’t really get to the point of what makes it so damn useful. You end up reading a fluff piece that essentially says, “CLOUD IS GOOD!”, “GET CLOUD NOW!”, or “VIDEO STORAGE IN SPAAAAAAACE!” Awesome, thanks for the help fellas.


The cloud is being paraded around the industry as the future of video surveillance storage and as of this moment, they’re dead wrong. Here’s why. When you use a cloud based storage system, the video footage captured by your cameras is sent via the interwebs to an offsite location and allows you to forego the use of a local DVR system. Whaaaat? No DVR? Sign me up! Cool your horses. Don’t throw all your money at them just yet.

Here’s the ugly truth, you’re going to have to pay a monthly fee. There’s no getting around it. Depending on the service, it can be upwards of $50 per month and there isn’t a ceiling. That’s an additional $600 a year just for someone else to host your video and that’s just for the hosting service itself. That does not include the broadband internet service you will need to get your data to the cloud. Some hosting services charge by the camera while others charge by the storage amount, traffic speed, and available virtual memory. The more features you need, the more you’re going to have to pay on a monthly basis until you no longer need your security system.

  • How much data do you want your cloud to archive? More storage, more money.
  • How many cameras are in the system? More cameras, more data, more storage, more money.
  • How is your data getting there? You’ll need a stable local broadband internet connection. More cameras, more data, the more expensive of an internet connection you get to pay for on a monthly basis. More money.
  • How much data are you sending? More data means more traffic, more traffic means more money.
  • At what frame rate are the video feeds being saved? Higher frame rate, larger files, more storage, more money.
  • What resolution are your video feeds? Higher resolution, larger files, more storage, more money.

Keep in mind that the hosting service fee does not include the broadband internet connection you’re going to need to push the data to the cloud so tack on at least another $100 to the hosting fee and you’ll start to see the actual cost of the cloud.

Offsite storage, maximum accessibility on any supported platform, uptime guarantees, content guarantees, reduced local resources, and greater flexibility on the extent of your storage archive is all great and good on paper, but the cloud wasn’t made for us and I accept what I cannot change. It is far too immature of an intellectual property to begin to make the leap to the highly specialized and meet the rigorous demands of the CCTV industry. I may be completely wrong in a year or two, but right now, you will pay out the nose to house your data off site when you could simply manage it yourself, or have your IT department do it, for a fraction of the cost over the lifetime of the system.

For many industries, the cloud is fantastic since they aren’t storing video footage. We are and for storing cctv video feeds, we need a security DVR system made by the industry for the industry.