Cloud-based solutions have quickly come into focus in many industries, and video surveillance is no exception.
VSaaS is the technology to host the hardware and software of video-based security systems in the cloud, so that users can access their IP cameras from anywhere through any device and check video footage at their fingertips.
Since there is no hassle of server installation and system configuration on site, VSaaS is an ideal choice for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB). It is more cost-effective than traditional video surveillance solutions as users can distribute the costs over a contract term and pay for services that are exactly used.
With a two-level fail-proof design, Hikvision’s VSaaS ensures constant backup of data and services so that the users’ video data is actively protected and they can access their data 24/7.
This is realized, firstly, with a network of globally distributed data centers. If a data center has a power failure or network disconnection, other data centers are not affected.
Similar redundancy also applies at the service instance level. Service load is distributed and balanced between multiple service instances to ensure timely responses to user requests when an instance fails.
Hikvision’s VSaaS features caching of data at multiple levels – from the database to the cloud, and then to the edge domain, and finally to the user’s mobile app or laptop browser. This way, user requests for data can be served faster as the data stored in each cache might be what is needed and can be instantly retrieved.
The result is less network latency, lower bandwidth pressure, and better experience when opening the app or requesting data from the cloud.
Hikvision’s VSaaS provides Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS) for users to access the IP cameras when their laptops or smart phones are not in the local area network (LAN) of the cameras.
To access an IP camera, users only need to register a simple and easy-to-remember domain name through Hik-Connect DDNS, free from tedious router configuration and costly fixed IP addresses.
In complex network environments, Hikvision’s VSaaS automatically selects the optimal path to the cameras and uses Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networking technology for users to access the cameras if layers of LANs need to be crossed. While keeping the high accessibility of cameras, these processes also ensure less network resource consumption.