Security as a service (SaaS) is increasingly becoming popular across the globe mainly due to lower costs, flexibility, and the options to use services like high-end video analytics that may require massive computing power. Yet despite its potential, until recently the market for security as a service was mostly restricted to the residential sector. But with improved technology and better customer awareness, this is set to change.
SMBs were early adopters of security as a service (SaaS). Understandably the demand for this option outside the residential sector is beginning with the small and medium business (SMB) sector. Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) is a popular solution in the SMB market as it facilitates a seamless link between multiple sites over a wide geographic area.
SMB’s interest in services is largely due to the fact that it helps them avoid the expenses upfront. Instead of paying large sums for cameras and recorders, they can pay monthly for a camera-cloud solution and always have the latest technology.
But then as the technology has evolved from its initial days, larger organizations have begun to take an interest in SaaS. SaaS can be useful for chains of outlet or shops, companies who have warehouses, multiple service center workshops, and anyone who needs centralized monitoring and security management for their premises. But, of course, when it comes to such large-scale projects, there is a need to make sure the data is double protected as the risks could be higher. For larger manufacturing clients we would recommend a much larger onsite storage in addition to cloud storage for redundancy on highly critical infrastructure where explosions, loss of life, hazardous conditions could occur, and the cost effectiveness for cloud storage for sensitive areas.
There are challenges in front of SaaS, but as the technology develops, it’s expected to become more popular. Of course, growth of SaaS doesn’t come without its fair share of concerns. Apart from the data security issues, technical uncertainties, cost and reliability issues, there are also some challenges that are unique to specific regions. For instance, some customers prefer SaaS with data hosted within the country, so that in the event that the customer is not happy they can easily take legal action against the service provider.
But these are only some minor stumbling blocks in the way of SaaS’ growth. In fact, such issues are in line with developments in other technological fields, where cloud-based storage and computing are becoming more and more popular. As the technology evolves, these concerns would fade too.
In short, it is only a matter of time before we see SaaS as one of the main offering for security companies.
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