To cloud, or not to cloud: VMS vs. VSaaS

Before 2006, many companies hesitated to store their sensitive information on the cloud. Today, the conversation has now shifted from "how can I give you my critical company data" to "these are super critical and must be stored on the cloud!"

While both Video Management Systems (VMS) and Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) provide video monitoring and recording capabilities, it's important to understand the key differences between the two and how they can impact your business goals. 

VSaaS, also known as cloud-based video surveillance, offers several benefits over traditional VMS solutions. One of the biggest advantages of VSaaS is its cost-effectiveness and scalability. With VSaaS, there is no need for a significant initial investment in hardware and software, and the burden of maintenance and upgrades is reduced. This makes VSaaS a more affordable option for small to medium-sized businesses. 

Another benefit of VSaaS is that it's more open and flexible. As the software and data storage is managed by cloud providers, businesses have the ability to scale their surveillance system as their needs change, without the need for additional hardware or software. 

VSaaS, s particularly useful for businesses with multiple locations. With ARCADIAN.AI, businesses can easily access live and recorded video from cameras connected to the system through the internet, allowing for remote monitoring and surveillance of all devices in a single view. In contrast, VMS (Video Management Systems) requires a software solution to be installed on a local server or computer, and comes with ongoing maintenance and upgrade costs.

And last but not least, when it comes to data security, many are under the impression that VMS has a higher level of data security as the data is stored locally on the user's own servers, while VSaaS relies on the security measures of the third-party providers. However, this statement only applies when the enterprise relies on expensive private cloud infrastructures to maintain no-data loss policies. 

As VSaaS is expected to see significant growth in the future, some may choose to stay on their on-premise VMS system as they see fit. According to a recent market research report, the global Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) market size is expected to reach $6.5 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 14.8% during the forecast period. It all comes down to what are your unique business needs.

If you are wondering "To cloud, or not to cloud," drop us a line, and our engineers can consult you on options best fitted to your business. 



  • "Video Management Systems Market - Global Forecast to 2028" by MarketsandMarkets
  • "Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) Market - Global Forecast to 2028" by MarketsandMarkets
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