local storage vs cloud storage

On May 30, 2017 By admin

Video Surveillance cameras are the new and great things when it comes to home and business protection. When deciding on what kind of system you want, there is one aspect that you need to consider. Do you want to store all your video data locally, or in the cloud? One is not necessarily better than the other; it all depends on your wants and needs. Here are a few items to help you make the right decision for you.

Local Video storage means that your cameras will have some type of microSD card in the camera. You put one in each camera, and all your recordings get recorded onto the card. Most cards will hold anywhere from 16GB to 128GB worth of storage. Your options from this point are to set the cameras to store an ongoing continuous feed of video, or you can set the camera up to only record when motion activated. Once your card is full you can then choose to either record over your previous recording, or save the card and get a new one.

Some people like this option because they don’t have to pay for a service to manage their videos. However, you would have to keep in mind the cost of microSD cards. One thing to take into consideration is how often you want to record video. If you only want to record video when you are away from your home, or at night, this might be the right option. If nothing suspicious happens while you are recording, it’s very easy to record over old video feed and keep using the same micro SD card. If you do not want to tape over old footage, then you will be spending quite a bit of money continually buying new microSD cards.

Cloud Video storage uses the same technology that smart phones use when storing things in “The Cloud”. Ah yes, the infamous “Cloud”! This method has become increasingly popular with the growth of technology. With a high population having some kind of smart device, Cloud storage can be monitored literally anywhere. With Cloud storage, all your data that is collected and then sent to an off site remote server. Thru apps you are able to retrieve this data from your phone, tablet or computer. For monthly fees you are able to record video feed constantly 24/7 and not have to worry about your microSD card filling up. It is a very convenient option for someone that is not onsite at the location where the cameras are. If you are wanting constant coverage and are not able to be onsite to change out microSD cards, this would be the option for you.

If you want to take it one step further, At CalAtlantic, their Video analytics IP video surveillance is more than just recorded video data. Real-time information alerts, advanced event-based search of archived video data, and on-demand reports are just some of the intelligent features available. This is a great option if you are wanting more than just a camera at your front door. If you have a large property, or a business that you want surveillance for, CalAtlantic has some great options.

There really is no “right” answer. Its really a matter of preference and what your needs are. There are a bunch of other things to consider when looking into security cameras, but your major first decision should be what kind of storage you are wanting. Start there and that will help narrow down the field of devices available and it will help you understand the features that matter most to you.



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