DVR vs NVR and the Power of Cloud Backup

In the world of video surveillance the DVR and NVR are both essential devices used for recording and storing video surveillance footage, and for many businesses they serve as the backbone of their security systems. But what exactly sets them apart, and how can businesses leverage the power of cloud backup to further enhance their security infrastructure?

Let’s start with the basics.


Understanding DVRs and NVRs


DVR (Digital Video Recorder) – DVRs have long been a staple in video surveillance setups. They’re designed to capture and store footage from analogue cameras. Analogue cameras tend to be used in older surveillance systems, they capture footage and transmit it (usually over coax cables) to DVRs. The DVR then converts the analogue video into a digital format for storage and playback.

DVRs require regular maintenance and upkeep to ensure optimal performance and reliability. This may include software updates, hard drive maintenance and troubleshooting of hardware issues.

NVR (Network Video Recorder) – NVRs, on the other hand, are specifically for IP cameras. Unlike DVRs, which process analogue data, NVRs are built to work seamlessly with digital IP cameras. They record and store video footage directly from these cameras via a network connection, and generally offer higher resolution capabilities and more advanced features when compared to a DVR.

Since IP cameras connect to the NVR via ethernet cables, or wirelessly you have greater flexibility in terms of camera placement and system expansion that you don’t have with DVR systems.


Bridging the gap with cloud backup


Whilst DVRs and NVRs are perfectly capable of recording and storing CCTV footage, both can also benefit immensely from a cloud backup solution like Videoloft. Here’s how:


Easy integration: Regardless of whether you’re using a DVR or NVR, adding cloud backup with Videoloft is a breeze. Videoloft is compatible with many leading manufacturers including Hikvision, Axis, Dahua, and even more via the ONVIF protocol. This means you can utilise your existing hardware, saving time and money. All you need is the Videoloft Cloud Adapter – this is the bridging device that will connect your NVR or DVR to the cloud and is available in an 8 or 16 channel version, there’s also a larger rack mounted solution for larger installations.

For a more detailed look at the setup check out our guide.


Enhanced security: Traditional on-site CCTV storage solutions come with inherent risks, such as physical damage, theft or hardware failure. By backing up your footage to the cloud with Videoloft, you can mitigate these risks and ensure your footage remains safe and accessible at all times – even in the event of a catastrophic failure.

Not only this, Videoloft also comes with a whole host of additional security features including video encryption, regular pen testing, continuous software updates and password encryption – all included as standard.

For more on Videoloft security, delve into our security guide.


Remote accessibility: A significant advantage of cloud backup is the ability to access your footage from anywhere, at any time. With Videoloft, businesses can securely view live and recorded video from multiple sites, all within a single, user-friendly platform. This level of remote accessibility is invaluable for businesses, enabling them to monitor and manage their surveillance systems with ease.


Scalability: As businesses grow and expand, so too does their need for more robust video surveillance solutions. With Videoloft, scaling your security infrastructure is simple. Whether you’re adding new cameras or expanding to multiple sites Videoloft can accommodate your needs without any disruption to your existing security infrastructure.


Cost efficiency: NVRs and DVRs and other video surveillance storage solutions often require a significant investment upfront. Videoloft can eliminate the need for expensive on-premises equipment and ongoing maintenance fees too. With flexible pricing plans, and pay as you go options, businesses can enjoy the benefits of cloud without breaking the bank.


DVR vs NVR and how to add cloud to both


If you want to explore the differences between DVRs and NVRs in more depth, and you’d like to learn more about how Videoloft works then check out our video:




The bottom line


In the age of digital transformation, businesses can’t afford to rely on outdated surveillance technologies. Whether you’re using a DVR or NVR, adding cloud backup with Videoloft could be a game-changer for your business. From improved data redundancy to scalability and cost efficiency, the benefits are undeniable.

To upgrade your surveillance system and experience the power of the cloud, get in touch with Videoloft today!

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