A network video recorder (NVR) is a software program that records video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card or other mass storage device. An NVR contains no dedicated video capture hardware. However, the software is typically run on a dedicated device, usually with an embedded operating system. Alternatively, to help support increased functionality and serviceability, standard Linux and Windows operating systems are used with standard Intel processors and video management software. An NVR is typically deployed in an IP video surveillance system.
Network video recorders are distinct from digital video recorders (DVR) as their input is from a network rather than a direct connection to a video capture card or tuner. Video on a DVR is encoded and processed at the DVR, while video on an NVR is encoded and processed at the camera, then streamed to the NVR for storage or remote viewing.
The ideal network monitoring system should have:
Look for a fully integrated network monitoring system where every network component is unified. Holistic communication between your central computer and all other computers and peripherals within the network means that you can rest easy knowing that no information will fall through the cracks.
A company will be more productive if their network issues are resolved quickly and efficiently. When a problem arises, quality network management software will quickly detect the issue, immediately alert your IT department, and track it to completion. This kind of diligence is what prevents data loss and productivity slow-down in your company.
Integrated network monitoring allows you to streamline your IT management needs and save time and money. The chaos of multiple departments managing different network components from all over the building is eliminated. Instead of several IT managers monitoring multiple locations, your business can hire one experienced sys admin to watch over the entire network from a single location. In addition to saving money, the hours you once dedicated to running around the office putting out fires can now be used for more productive IT tasks.