February 20, 2020 3 min read

Home surveillance cameras are an easy way to look out for your home while you're away. They're also a practical way to keep a watch on your little ones and have some control over your home through compatible devices.

However, the recordings from these cameras have to be kept safe and accessible. Got too many recordings but limited space? A smart storage system can free you from storage worries forever.

It can be pretty hard to choose the right kind of storage. Even today, many people still use local storage. Others opt for more advanced ways to store data. This article will help you figure out where to back-up all your cameras data: cloud or local storage?

Cloud Storage and Local Storage: What's the difference?

To decide which type of storage is better for you, first, you need to understand what they have to offer.

Cloud Storage

Cloud storage provides you with an online space where you can save your data. Usually, a third party maintains this program. An internet connection is required to access data in the cloud.

You can choose a cloud video storage that lets you sync your surveillance systems with your smartphone or any other device. A good example of efficient cloud storage with device syncing is Hubble's Cloud Video Recording (CVR). It provides an expandable, easy to access space that is secure in every sense.

You can easily save your videos from the Motorola streaming cameras to CVR, for easy access. The Motorola Focus89 offers Hubble cloud storage, along with several other features that might interest you.

Local Storage

Local storage, on the other hand, means storing your data on hardware devices. These include everything from SD cards to hard drives and CDs.

Local storage does not necessarily require an internet connection, so you can access your data using the physical storage device. Just slip the SD card inside your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and watch the recordings right away. But, it means you cannot stay up to date at every moment through live streaming or any similar features.

Many users still prefer local storage because it offers a large storage capacity. For instance, a disc drive offers the average storage of 1TB. However, many users are now considering cloud storage as a more convenient option.

Which is better: Cloud or Local Storage?

Here are the pros and cons of both the storage systems so that you're able to make an informed choice.

Cloud Storage

Most of the cloud systems let you access your recordings from anywhere around the world, through the internet. Some cloud storages even offer live video streaming and capturing, such as Hubble's Cloud Video Recording.

Smart home monitoring cameras like Motorola FOCUS85-B offer Hubble's cloud storage plans ranging from 24-hour to 30-day video recording. You can subscribe to the CVR to record everything and access it anytime while being able to share it with your family and friends.

Moreover, home security cameras like Motorola FOCUS73 offer live streaming of your home along with sound, motion, and temperature alerts via the Hubble app. You attach up to 10 cameras to one Hubble account.


  • 24/7 access
  • Instant alerts
  • Expandable storage
  • Data safety
  • Easy data recovery


  • Internet connection required
  • Minor data risk
  • Monthly charges

Local Storage

Local video storage is particularly beneficial for people with mostly slow or no internet connection and power cut downs. Online access is also quicker, and you have control over who sees it.

But, think about this: Is your hardware device safe in your home? Local storage brings along a high risk of losing your data in accidents like robbery or a house fire.

Local storage is cheaper as you can choose from plenty of storage options without monthly charges. But, you still need to pay for the external device purchase and costly upgrades, which balances out the cost.


  • Physical access
  • Bunch of storage options
  • Offline access
  • No monthly charges


  • External purchase
  • High data risk
  • Not always accessible
  • Unused extra space
  • Costly up-gradation

Final thoughts

On the whole, if you are looking for immediate access to your data and high personal security with low ongoing cost, local storage could be the right choice.

However, if you need a smarter plan, with small monthly payments and easy access to your data from anywhere, cloud storage is the answer. Smart cloud storage, like Hubble CVR, also allows live streaming and live updates on your device.

Whichever storage you choose, always keep a back-up storage system to ensure the safety of your private video recordings.

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