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MV Cloud Archival

Overview

Featuring integrated solid state storage onboard every camera, the MV product line has revolutionized the typical surveillance architecture, completely eliminating the need for a network video recorder (NVR) or other storage server. Using optimized retention tools in the management dashboard, users can make informed decisions about balancing video quality with their organizational retention needs, ensuring they achieve the perfect balance.

 

Still, there are times when legal requirements or other regional regulations may necessitate longer durations of continuous 24/7 recording or off-site backup. Cloud archiving options for MV cameras fill in these gaps by allowing for 90 or 180 days of continuous backup recording.

Archival Specifications

  • Supports 720p standard/enhanced and 1080p standard video quality
  • All MV models supported
  • Video playback and exporting of video from cloud archive
  • Recommended upload bandwidth of >1 Mbps per camera

How Does Cloud Archival Work?

  • Copies of video are stored on both the camera and in the cloud
  • Video files stored in the cloud are always continuous, 24/7 footage
  • The camera is always prioritized over the cloud by the dashboard for video retrieval (unless the camera is either unreachable by the cloud or the timestamp of the video file being requested is older than what is supported)
  • If the camera goes offline, it will still record footage as long as it has power, but this footage will not be backed up until it regains a connection to the WAN

Note: During a WAN outage, a camera will only cache the last 30 minutes of video files for cloud archival. Once connectivity is re-established, the camera will upload the cloud archival backlog. The camera's edge storage is not impacted during this type of outage.

 

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When cloud archive is enabled on a camera, and the camera is online, data flow will follow the standard path: both local and remote viewing devices will pull video directly from the camera's edge storage. A backup video file is stored in the cloud, but not utilized in this case.

 

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When the camera is offline, or the timestamp for the video file exceeds the camera's edge storage capacity, all video will be viewed as a remote stream, with the viewing devices retrieving video data from the cloud.

How to Configure

The following steps will enable cloud archival for a Meraki MV.

Note: The recommended MV firmware for cloud archival is MV 3.22 or higher

  1.  Claim your MV cloud archival license by going to Organization > Configure > License
  2.  Select Cameras > Monitor > Cameras and select a camera from the list
  3. Select Settings > Quality and Retention and select "Assign Cloud Archive License"

 

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  1. Choose a license from the available pool and select Assign

 

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Cloud Archival User Interface

Below are a few changes to the Meraki dashboard when cloud archival is enabled.

 

The camera's timeline bar will have a second blue bar indicating video is being uploaded to the cloud.

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The streaming indicator will be a blue cloud when video is being pulled from cloud archive.

 

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The camera's network tab will now indicate the oldest video file stored in the cloud.

 

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