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VG Tuesday Tips: Busting the Biggest Cloud Storage Myths in Video Surveillance

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By Glenn Caccamise, Wasabi Technologies

There’s a new paradigm that has emerged from advances in technology: innovate or fail. Much of this new reality is driven by the growth of the cloud and related software and SaaS technologies that propose to enable organizations to innovate faster and create competitive advantage over their less tech savvy peers to grow market share.

We’ve seen evidence of this in markets like automotive, where Tesla came from relative obscurity and startup status with a vision to leverage innovative and connected technologies. They quickly turned the auto industry on its head and in just over a decade became the world’s largest auto company in market value over several other global automakers who have been around decades or even a century longer.

However, some industries like video surveillance have been slower to change without a necessary push by their target customers who are demanding new innovations and technologies to work better with their own IT or cloud infrastructures. The video surveillance market has traditionally been a place of tried and true technologies having a long, prosperous life based on the axiom, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” (even if it’s not at all efficient).

Here are some myths that hardware storage vendors have continued to use as a way to create fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) in light of newer, faster, cheaper and more secure cloud storage options for video surveillance.

Traditional video storage or AWS storage vs. Wasabi for Surveillance

 

Cost Related Myths:

 

MYTH - Cloud storage is more expensive than on-premise storage

FACT - On-premise storage presents numerous challenges around hardware replacement costs and risk of failure or file corruption that can far exceed Wasabi hot cloud storage, which is the most cost effective and predictable storage available in the market.

MYTH - Data retrieval fees (also known as “egress” in IT) charges customers to retrieve video footage as needed, causing budget overages

FACT - Wasabi does not charge for egress or data retrieval, making it extremely easy to calculate and predict your monthly cloud storage bill.

 

Security & Compliance Myths:

 

MYTH - My video surveillance is not as secure in the cloud as it is on-site

FACT - Wasabi ensures all video files are protected in transit and at rest with a Defense-in-Depth architecture. Some of these tactics include object/bucket immutability, private connection to Wasabi, and end-to-end encryption.

MYTH - You don’t know who can access your data and how secure it is

FACT - Wasabi provides immutable files and storage buckets so video cannot be altered in any way for a given period of time.

MYTH - You lose control of your data not being on-premise

FACT - Wasabi keeps all video files in active storage that’s always available, instantly accessible, and retrievable at no additional cost.

MYTH - Cloud storage does not meet regulatory compliance requirements

FACT - Wasabi hot cloud storage meets most major industry compliance standards (HIPAA, CJIS, FERPA, ISO-27001, PCI-DSS, SOC2, and more).

 

Performance Myths:

 

MYTH - Latency can delay your access to stored data when you need it most

FACT - With speeds much faster than others, gain instant accessibility to video files through Wasabi without worrying about complex cold storage tiers that take hours for retrieval.

MYTH - It can take up to 15 hours to access your data via certain AWS archive tiers (Response time/latency makes cloud storage less available)

FACT - With Wasabi, there’s no such thing as an archive tier and you don’t have to pay data retrieval fees (egress) and API fees to get your data back.

MYTH - My video surveillance solution doesn’t work with the cloud

FACT - Wasabi has a deep ecosystem of partners that can help seamlessly extend local storage to the cloud.

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