In this article, we will be reviewing Rhombus Cloud Archiving:
- What is Rhombus Video Cloud Archiving?
- How does Video Cloud Archiving work?
- Enabling Video Cloud Archiving
- Disabling Video Cloud Archiving
- Bulk exporting Video Cloud Archiving video data
- Where is Video Cloud Archiving video data stored?
- Is Video Cloud Archiving data secure?
- Accessing Video Cloud Archiving data
What is Rhombus Video Cloud Archiving?
Rhombus Video Cloud Archiving allows you to easily back up your locally recorded Rhombus intelligent camera video data (30, 60, 90, 180 days, or more) to a secure Rhombus data center. Video Cloud Archiving is a separate per-camera license that can be added to any Rhombus intelligent security camera in increments of 30 days. Access to Video Cloud Archiving data is available for terms of 1, 3, 5, or 10 years. The Rhombus Enterprise Cloud License includes 30 days of Rhombus Video Cloud Archiving.
How does Video Cloud Archiving work?
Rhombus intelligent security cameras are able to retain up to 180 days of on-camera, full-motion, and high-definition video, depending on the camera model, storage capacity, and recording settings. Video Cloud Archiving transmits on-camera video data to an offsite secure data center storage location that operates independently of any on-camera video storage.
Once a Video Cloud Archiving license has been applied to a Rhombus camera, the Rhombus intelligent security camera will begin sending video data to the Cloud Archiving data center. Video data is transmitted in near real-time (or scheduled uploads) and consumes remarkably low bandwidth. Upload bandwidth usage depends on the camera recording quality settings. It is most frequently measured in kilobytes per second (versus high-bandwidth cameras that consume megabits per second). Video Cloud Archiving begins once the feature is enabled and is not retroactive.
Video Cloud Archiving will record and retain each camera stream separately, including index seek points of defined events, until the number of days of Video Cloud Archiving licensed retention is reached, at which time the video data stored in the Cloud Archiving datacenter will begin to be overwritten. For example, with a 30-day Video Cloud Archiving license, ‘Day 31’ video data will overwrite ‘Day 1’ video data stored in the Cloud Archiving datacenter. To achieve more days retained in the Cloud Archiving datacenter, additional 30-day Video Cloud Archiving licenses may be applied per camera.
Enabling Video Cloud Archiving
Once purchased, your local authorized Rhombus reseller, or the Rhombus Support team, will create a license for each Video Cloud Archiving license product purchased. After logging in to the Rhombus Console, navigate to Settings > Licenses & Features
On the Licenses & Features page, ensure that the ‘Cameras’ device type is selected, then locate the Additional Cloud Archiving license box near the top of the page and click ‘Manage’.
From the Manage pop-up window, select which Rhombus intelligent security camera(s) to apply the Video Cloud Archiving license(s) to. Please note: Video Cloud Archiving is offered on a per-camera basis. If Video Cloud Archiving is desired on more than one Rhombus camera, multiple Video Cloud Archiving licenses will be required.
That’s it! Your Rhombus intelligent security camera will automatically begin securely transmitting video data to the Cloud Archiving datacenter. You can monitor how many days of video data are stored in the Cloud Archiving data center from the Settings & Details section of the specific Rhombus intelligent security camera page. Head to Devices in the Left Navigation bar, select the desired Rhombus camera, and scroll down to the Settings & Details section.
Disabling Video Cloud Archiving
If the cloud archiving license were to be removed, you would lose access to the past cloud footage, but it is not deleted until it has naturally expired (length of cloud arching license). If you re-apply the license, you will still have access to any past cloud footage that hasn't expired
Bulk exporting Video Cloud Archiving video data
Any footage that extends over a 1-hour period can be downloaded locally via our API. This information can be provided upon request, but custom development will be required on the customer's side and will not be managed by Rhombus.
Where is Video Cloud Archiving data stored?
Rhombus utilizes multiple redundant cloud data center locations. Each Cloud Archiving datacenter location is secured using industry-leading cybersecurity best practices, data encryption, and, of course, physical security. Various cloud data center locales ensure data sovereignty compliance with local regulations.
Is Video Cloud Archiving data secure?
Rhombus is built with a zero-trust, security-first approach. All Video Cloud Archiving data, on-camera video data, and other data, whether at rest or in transit, is secured with enterprise-level encryption.. Rhombus data centers are routinely audited and pen-tested by industry-leading cybersecurity companies. To learn more about Rhombus’ enterprise-level security, please click here.
Accessing Video Cloud Archiving data
All Video Cloud Archiving data is viewable via the Rhombus Console. Video Cloud Archiving data is retained in active or ‘hot’ storage locations. This means the video data can be retrieved, searched, viewed, shared, or exported via the Rhombus Console on demand.