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When selecting a CCTV system, businesses have the option to choose between local NVR systems and cloud-based solutions. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, it’s important to consider factors such as budget, requirements, and business type. Based on our experience, cloud-based solutions are generally more cost-effective, easier to manage, and better suited for growing and multisite businesses.

Here are some pros and cons of using cloud vs. local solutions:

Cloud CCTV Solutions Pros:

  • Cheaper than local NVR systems or solutions.
  • Easier to scale
  • Great for multisite businesses
  • Easy to maintain or manage
  • Easy to access locally or remotely
  • You can store online and locally
  • Analytics
  • Some systems have built-in AI


  • Some systems might require an online subscription.
  • Some camera models or brands might not be compatible.
  • Some are not compatible with other brands, must use the same cameras as the system.

Local CCTV NVR Solutions Pros:

  • Works locally without internet connection
  • Best if you have a poor internet connection or bandwidth


  • Vulnerable to theft, if there is a break-in then the system is gone.
  • Not ideal for multisite businesses
  • Not ideal for scaling or growing businesses, NVRs require licences and usually come with a set number of channels.
  • Risk of hard drive failure and loss of data / no redundancy.
  • Can be difficult to setup and maintain.
  • Can be difficult to access or setup remote access.

At the end of the day, choosing the right security solution for your business is crucial. If you’re unsure about which option would be best for your business, feel free to get in touch with us. We’re always happy to help.