Oct 25, 2016
Local Vs. Cloud Storage: What’s The Difference?
While shopping for security systems, you’ve probably noticed that different companies opt for different modes of video storage; the two obvious ones being local and cloud storage.
What is cloud storage?
Cloud storage, in a nutshell, is the third party storage, maintaining and backup of data that requires an Internet connection.
What is local storage?
Security cameras that rely on local storage typically store footage on SD cards that range anywhere from 16-128 GB. This means that users can skip out on the storage fees that some cloud based security systems offer, but they do expose themselves to the risk of burglars making off with their footage if they take the camera or SD card during a robbery.
Why do some people prefer cloud?
Cloud storage is revered amongst some security camera owners because of its flexibility: users have the ability to review their footage remotely, anytime they’d like, and also don’t have to manually add/remove SD cards or delete footage to make sure they don’t run out of space. People also like the comfort of knowing that even if a burglar stole or smashed their camera they’d still have the security footage needed to provide the proper authorities.
Why do others prefer local?
Those who prefer local storage, like knowing that they have direct access to their footage without the middleman and don’t have to pay hosting fees to a security company.
The decision to go with one storage option over the other always comes down to personal preference, as they each have strengths that are valued according to individual needs. Need more info on the benefits of a modern security system? Read up on how Piper works!