How Enterprise Storage Can Reduce the Cost of Video Surveillance

NVR and DVR camera systems are still used extensively by organizations throughout the world. While such systems may be sufficient for home security, they’re a different story for schools, banks, prisons, and any other institutions demanding high security. These traditional security camera systems are typically still used because they’re perceived as cost effective, but they may not be in the long run. They’re also hardware focused systems, essentially stuck in the past, and they have a wide variety of vulnerabilities.

The cost of conventional systems

Just one example of such a vulnerability is 2018’s “Peekaboo,” which allowed hackers to remotely access NVR cameras and even take over more cameras in the affected network. The idea of a security vulnerability like this should be alarming to anyone still running an older camera system, and such systems may ultimately result in higher costs.

Consider, for example, the amount of cameras that will have to be added to any growing organization. While a small setup may seem cheaper than enterprise alternatives, adding more cameras causes the system to become more costly and more difficult to manage.

Of course, there’s also the enormous cost of any security system downtime caused by vulnerabilities or other problems. High security facilities use video surveillance not only for securing the area but also to keep their employees safe and to protect the organization from false claims and other problems. Having any form of security breach could mean having to replace the entire camera system—a prospect much more expensive than simply buying the most secure system possible in the first place.

What is enterprise storage?

Put simply, enterprise storage is a service that helps large organizations save and recover vast amounts of data. Enterprise storage is typically broken down into two categories: primary and backup storage. Primary storage refers to the data that the organization is accessing on a day-to-day basis, while backup storage is the data that is archived for later use if needed. For security systems, enterprise cloud storage can be particularly useful, and this is exactly what Verkada offers with its hybrid camera solution.

A modern security solution

Verkada’s mission is to “modernize the world of physical security,” and they do this by combining their cutting edge cameras with web based software and hybrid-cloud storage. The cameras are fully functional out of the box, with built-in security protocols, and they receive weekly updates through their evolving software architecture. The need for on premises servers is eliminated by their cloud capabilities, and their feed can be live streamed from any authorized device, so there is no need for traditional security monitors. In short, the cameras are smart, and they offer unmatched convenience and security.

Hybrid cloud benefits

In addition to storage, the cloud offers many other advantages. Recorded footage is automatically encrypted on each camera’s SSD drive as well as on the cloud servers. This ensures that, even if a unit is stolen, the camera won’t give up its recordings. Naturally, it also ensures that there will always be a backup of footage, regardless of circumstances.

Additionally, each camera has a unique RSA key pairing, which helps prevent the system from being compromised. A public key is stored in each camera, allowing for their automatic encryption, and a private key is stored on the cloud servers. Cameras are only permitted to make outbound communications when both keys are verified, making them essentially hack proof.

While more conventional solutions may seem cheaper and simpler in the short term, enterprise storage with Verkada’s hybrid camera systems will ensure an organization’s security in the long term, prevent expensive replacements, and virtually guarantee that data is always available.

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