Can a hybrid cloud deployment model optimize your physical security?

The hybrid cloud approach is on the rise

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there's been a greater need for remote capabilities. Because of this, 87% of organizations say they are committing to a hybrid cloud strategy moving forward.

Banks and retailers are already leading the way, adopting cloud solutions to secure people and buildings more efficiently. But not all businesses are ready for a total shift from an on-premises (on-prem) solution to cloud-based technology. And that's where hybrid cloud comes in.

Hybrid cloud allows you to keep your on-prem security infrastructure while using cloud services to accommodate specific sites or applications. It's a way to leverage the benefits of both technologies and stay flexible to changing requirements across your organization.

Hybrid cloud deployment model can optimize your physical security

You don't have to choose between on-prem and the Cloud

To be clear – there will always be a need for on-prem appliances. The trouble is that there's a lot of extra work and costs involved in maintaining the infrastructure. Getting ongoing IT support, handling hardware and software updates, and optimizing device performance are resource-intensive tasks. Over the long-haul, all these things add up and can become too costly

Hybrid cloud gives you an opportunity to be more strategic in your physical security deployments. You can pick and choose which installations would benefit from on-prem solutions versus those where Cloud might be a better fit. The latter could involve connecting a remote site to the Cloud or speeding up an access control upgrade using cloud services.

Either way, cloud solutions can take the strain off your budget and your team's time. They also give you quicker access to the latest technology advancements, including many built-in cybersecurity and data privacy features. The best part is – your users won't notice a difference. All cloud and on-premises systems are accessible via the same security platform.

"Better than to merely survive, but thrive, physical security professionals will need to follow the lead of IT departments and make the move towards the Cloud."

- Daniel Lee, Managing Director, APAC, Genetec, shares its top physical security trends predictions for 2021 (

Is the hybrid cloud right for you?

A hybrid security system won't look the same for every business. That's because you have the freedom to optimize your physical security installation in ways that best fit your organization. And no matter how your security needs evolve, you can remain agile and adaptable in your decision-making.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider a hybrid cloud setup:

1. Long-term retention

Cloud computing resources and capabilities have surged in the last few years. Many organizations are now taking advantage of this for long-term video retention. You can link your on-prem system to a highly-secure, cloud-based video storage service. This can provide added layers of redundancy or simply allows you to keep video for longer periods.

2. More visibility and control over independent sites

Cloud technology is highly scalable, making it easier for you to extend security across your many sites. Using the hybrid cloud model, you can connect your on-prem system to the Cloud and manage security across your independent sites with more control. For example, you can easily add cameras or access control readers to remote locations using cloud services, simplifying the set-up process when opening new locations.

3. Manage heavy in-office traffic

Larger organizations with heavy in-office traffic can enhance security using a hybrid cloud system. For example, you could combine an on-prem video management system (VMS) and cloud-based Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) to lessen the load on your servers and reduce costs.

You might also choose to upgrade to a self-service physical identity and access management (PIAM) system. This cloud-based PIAM solution helps you automate access requests and streamline visitor management.

With this strategy, your on-premises infrastructure can do all the heavy lifting required for video management, while you host your less demanding access control applications in the Cloud.

Want to learn more about hybrid cloud?

Check out our blog post to read about the difference between True Cloud, Cloud-managed, and Hybrid Cloud services.

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