At this point in the evolution of the security industry, it’s safe to say that cloud-based services are the future for both small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprise organizations. As technology continues to revolutionize how we complete tasks and make decisions, a greater level of connectivity and interoperability is driving enhanced processes and services — and the cloud is one of the most prominent developments in this revolution.
As more companies start to realize the benefits of the technology, we’re seeing an increasing desire to transition video surveillance and data storage to the cloud. This enables an enterprise to become comprehensively efficient, prepared and proactive with technology developments and usage, while continually adopting applications that benefit the organization.
Many of today’s enterprises are on the cusp of this concept, but they require a strategic approach to help bridge the gap between their on-premise video management solution (VMS) and a fully cloud-based service. As they consider their current and future technology needs to achieve their goals for security and business operations, a hybrid cloud VMS model is a flexible option for a smooth transition.
Hybrid Cloud 101
Before we take a look at the ideal use case of a hybrid cloud model, it’s important to clarify its definition; after all, there are still misconceptions throughout the industry around what the cloud means. The good news is that hybrid cloud is pretty simple: According to Google, hybrid cloud is “a setup in which common or interconnected workloads are deployed across multiple computing environments, one based in the public cloud, and at least one being private.”
A hybrid model gives users the best of both worlds when it comes to security, acting as a stepping stone before advancement to the highest level of cloud adoption: it allows a mix of on-premise video technology and cloud services. As the most popular form of cloud deployment, hybrid models enable users to achieve uniform access to live video, recordings and alarms across cameras connected physically on-premise and virtually via the cloud. This then leads to increased functionality options without compromising on feature-rich and powerful video surveillance.
The Case for Hybrid Cloud in the Enterprise
Leveraging a hybrid cloud VMS makes sense for many different types of organizations, but in particular this model benefits businesses that require streamlined and efficient communication with information sharing between a company’s headquarters and satellite offices or sites — seen in markets such as healthcare, retail and utility environments.
A hybrid cloud VMS can provide several advantages for businesses in areas such as:
It’s no wonder that last year 74% of enterprises described their strategy as hybrid/multi-cloud. Leveraging a hybrid cloud VMS can help enterprises to simplify large-scale deployments, gain real-time insight into activities and enhance surveillance operations with centralized management.
By combining the best elements of on-premise and cloud solutions, hybrid cloud acts as an anchor in the transformation between today and tomorrow.
Aside from its ease of use and operational benefits, perhaps most importantly hybrid cloud VMS allows organizations to enhance risk mitigation and security efforts while augmenting everyday business operations. The intelligence garnered can be acted upon immediately — which is crucial when it comes to defending against a fast-changing risk landscape.
By Nigel Waterton, Chief Revenue Officer at Arcules, and Tim Palmquist, Vice President, Americas, at Milestone Systems.
Read more details about the advantages of hybrid cloud systems in the full article that ran in July 2020 on SecurityInfoWatch.