Monday, 18 May 2020

Milestone Systems now offers two products on Amazon Web Services (AWS): The free XProtect Essential+, and XProtect BYOL (Bring Your Own License), which requires a paid license sold through Milestone's existing distribution channels. Both products leverage web services provided by AWS to offer a flexible, cost-efficient, and reliable cloud deployment alternative to the traditional on-premise VMS systems.

AWS is the world's most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. It offers the most secure cloud computing environment available today with services such as compute, storage, database, and networking available in seconds. XProtect on AWS is deployed directly from AWS Marketplace - a digital catalog that makes it easy to find, buy, deploy, and manage software and services. By deploying it from AWS Marketplace you save time on system set-up with automated OS and VMS installations, and a pre-configured VMS.

In a full-cloud deployment scenario, the only hardware maintained on-premise is the cameras and the end-device used to access the system. This means that the servers, recorders, and datacenters are maintained fully by AWS 24/7 anywhere in the world.

XProtect on-premise is not going anywhere. However, for those interested in a cloud deployment alternative, XProtect on AWS offers a user-experience identical to the one on-site with 100% feature compatibility. It also minimizes the friction involved in setting up on-premise video surveillance systems, by using several web services:

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) which provides secure and resizable compute needed to run XProtect.

Amazon FSx which provides cost-efficient storage with high levels of reliability.

AWS Direct Connect and AWS Site-to-Site VPN services, are used to establish a dedicated network connection from the premises to AWS.

AppStream – Amazon application streaming service can be used to deliver a full client experience identical to Smart Client on-site, with close-to-zero latency, regardless of the end-device and OS used.

Top analysts claim more and more businesses use cloud-based solutions as the foundation that enables them to transform and gain competitive advantage. With revenues from cloud-based-solutions expected to grow significantly over the next years, this is a market you should take part of. XProtect on AWS targets organizations with a cloud-first strategy, meaning organizations committed to evaluating cloud-based solutions before considering other alternatives. Such organizations understand the benefits of cloud-based-solutions and are looking to leverage them to optimize operations and improve efficiency. XProtect on AWS can help them do just that.

The dynamic nature of cloud computing and the seamless scalability of XProtect make this solution highly flexible. This helps businesses move away from aging IT foundations and scale easily to meet business demand without overprovisioning. Minimal hardware use and shifting to a predictable variable cost model, help organizations leverage the solution's cost-efficiency to deliver better results. Using XProtect on AWS also means outsourcing a considerable part of the IT infrastructure to global experts, resulting in a more reliable and continuous operation with less risk of service disruptions.

Working with this new solution requires training. Milestone is committed to providing you with all the help you need. Our training program is available for you to use at your own time free of charge, with online courses that will teach you step-by-step how to sell and configure XProtect on AWS.

A dedicated sales-kit with product materials is also available to support your learning. Once you feel ready to try it and gain practical experience, our free XProtect Essential+, available in AWS Marketplace, is only a click away.

Learn more and start your free training here.

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