Genetec’s™ Cloud Archives service for Security Center is designed to allow organizations to easily scale the available storage capacity of their surveillance system and to eliminate the need to invest in additional servers. With the ability to continue leveraging their existing on-premise storage equipment, this hybrid cloud service allows customers to extend their video retention period or implement off-site recording. Archived video will be encrypted prior to its transfer to the cloud to help ensure only authorized users can access recordings, while allowing operators to seamlessly view and search video from their Security Center system, whether archived locally or in the cloud.

Cloud Archives can be enabled on any Security Center Archiver to define how long recordings are kept on-premise before being moved to the cloud. Enterprise customers can also implement an off-site recording solution for complete redundancy, which can significantly reduce their operational costs. Organizations with distributed sites will also be able to pool their Cloud Archives resources across multiple systems to share capacity and avoid the cost of adding new servers in individual locations.

Security Center Cloud Archives leverages Microsoft Azure. With a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee backed by the Genetec service level agreement, all recorded content will be replicated and mirrored in the globally dispersed Azure data centers to provide redundancy of video recordings and help mitigate the risk of video loss due to failure of on-premise hardware.

“We’re excited to see the evolution of Genetec’s cloud service portfolio bringing new possibilities to the physical security industry through Azure,” said Kim Akers, general manager, developer and platform evangelism at Microsoft.

“With storage being one of the largest costs of operating a surveillance system, Cloud Archives gives Genetec customers the opportunity to significantly reduce their investment when deploying or expanding their security system on Azure,” added Akers.

Security Center Cloud Archives is currently available as a preview to Security Center certified channel partners and customers, and will be generally available during the first quarter of 2015 as a subscription-based service.

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