How do I use Vivotek VAST Security Station with Wasabi Surveillance Cloud?

Vivotek's VAST Security Station (VSS) has been validated for use with Wasabi Surveillance Cloud. VIVOTEK’s VAST Security Station (VSS) is an easy-to-use, all-around, AI-powered IP video surveillance software designed to help you manage tens of thousands of cameras with ease and focus on only what matters to you through VIVOTEK AI solutions.

 

Table of Contents

1. Prerequisites

2. Configuration

3. Additional Configuration Information

 

1. Prerequisites

Note - For activation and installation of Wasabi Surveillance Cloud software, please refer to this Wasabi Surveillance Cloud - Download and Install Instructions article.

2. Configuration

After installing VAST Security Station software you will need to log into VSS.

2.1 Go to the settings page by clicking on the "gear" icon in the upper right hand and then click on "Settings".

2.2 Click on "Recording Options"

2.3 From the Recording Management screen you will need to specify where you want your default recording location to be to archive your video to and to specify the recording schedule/retention period for your cameras.

2.4 Next you will need to run through the installation of Wasabi Surveillance Cloud software. For activation and installation of Wasabi Surveillance Cloud software instructions, please refer to this Knowledge Base article.

Note - When installing the software be sure to select the VAST Security Station option from the VMS Profiles list.

2.5 Once you have the software installed and running be sure to create your source and point it to the location that was specified inside of the Recording Management options.

2.6 Within WSC you can turn on the Disaster Recovery Policy. You can also turn on Storage Extension and configure that setting depending on how much data you want to keep On-Prem and how much you want to push to Wasabi.

In the example below you can see that after 1 hour of being On-Prem the recordings are then offloaded to Wasabi.

For more information on Disaster Recovery and Storage Extension settings see section 3 below.

2.7 For Playback of Video you can review all video through the Playback setting inside of the VSS Client. You can natively scrub through the timeline and play the video seamlessly.

2.8 If you navigate to your recording folder you can see what data has been replicated or reclaimed by Wasabi Surveillance Cloud.

The White Cloud icons means that the data within that folder has been offloaded to Wasabi and the On-Prem storage has been reclaimed.

The Green Clouds with the white check mark mean that the data has been replicated to Wasabi and is available On-Prem and in Wasabi.

 

3. Additional Configuration Information

Disaster Recovery Policy

Mirror Copies the customer data to the cloud. Both data sets are identical (the one on-prem, and one in the cloud) Bridge makes a full copy of local data to the cloud for redundancy.

Storage Extension Settings

In this case, Instead of a mirror copy, you're simply extending the capability of local storage to the cloud. The older data is in the cloud, while the newest data sits locally. After X number of days, the data is deleted from the local drive to free up on-prem capacity, but data is still in the cloud if/when it needs to be accessed.

 

Disaster Recovery & Storage Extension
By combining both options, as soon as the data lands on disk, it replicates to the cloud. Data is only deleted from the local drive when it hits the retention (perhaps 7th day, whatever the customer requires), then it's off the local drive but you can still retrieve it instantly from the cloud

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