In talking to members of the Cisco teams, we know there is a merged environment coming soon (codenamed Viper) that will merge the two product sets into what I consider an unstoppable product. They are also moving towards H.264 with their newer encoders and cameras.
So, here is a quick list of questions to answer when deciding on which of the current two systems Cisco offers:
1. Do you currently have a Matrix such as a Pelco 9760, 9770, or 9780, Bosch, or AD Megapower?
2. Are 90% or more of your current cameras Analog?
3. Do regulations in your industry require a limited number of connections per recorder?
4. Do you only have one property to secure?
With a handful of other questions to answer, if you answered yes to all of these questions, Stream Manager is likely the right choice. If you answered no to all of the questions, VSM may be the more likely choice.
A few more things to note about the product lines:
- Stream Manager Client is an application that runs on a PC, VSM is Web-based
- Both products can run a Virtual Matrix application
- Both applications can send video to Decoders
- Stream Manager and VSM have different Supported device matrices (If you already have IP cameras, this may tell you which one is right for you)
- The Cisco ISR blades are only supported by VSM
- The Cisco Hybrid Decoder is only supported by Stream Manager (there is a non-hybrid decoder for VSM)
- Integration with Cisco Physical Access Manager (PAM) is only available with VSM
If any of you have more details between these products, feel free to comment.