Which Digital Signage Platform Is Best For Your Business?

Some digital signage companies have developed both SaaS and on-premises software based on Android, Linux and Windows. Since developing and launching our newest platform in the Cloud, we sometimes hear unjustified reasons for rejecting cloud signage. Here are some typical comments and questions (or objections) to cloud-based software vs. on-premises software.

DIGITAL SIGNAGE BUYER: I’m afraid my data won’t be secure in the Cloud.

A: Find a digital signage SaaS provider who uses HTTPS for all data transfers. This layers the HTTP protocol on top of the SSL/TLS protocol, thereby adding military-grade encryption for both the up/down transfers. This is the same level of security that the World Wide Web uses everyday for millions of financial and other secured transactions. Additionally, any reputable cloud-storage company provides storage secured with encryption and other techniques. For these reasons industry experts report that such schemes are more secure than most corporate networks.

Additionally, more advanced cloud signage uses a technique called “cloud files” that actually keeps clients’ signage company in gurgaon data, media, account and billing information in separate locations. This greatly reduces the likelihood of a successful hack.

BUYER: Digital signs in the cloud are a bandwidth hog!

A: This statement used to be somewhat true back in the “video streaming” days, but most modern SaaS systems today use pull technology, which caches the playlist on the media player and therefore uses bandwidth only for the original download and future updates. This is similar to the bandwidth of on-premises software that stores the playlists on local hard drives–except the cloud systems may have the advantage of using web-optimized media encoders that reduce the file size using more efficient H.264 technology among others.

BUYER: If you lose the Internet connection to a cloud media player, the screen will go dark.

A: If the cloud player is designed to cache the playlist, the lost connection should not affect the pre-loaded playlist, which continues to play “as is” with no loss of picture or content. When the connection is restored, new content gets updated seamlessly and automatically.

BUYER: Will I lose the ability to printing agency in gurgaon change my content on the fly with a cloud digital signage system?

A: No, you can change the content on the fly with SaaS digital signage just like with on-premises software. It may be true that the download takes a bit longer than an on-premises system, but we are measuring seconds and minutes at most here, not hours, assuming you have a typical broadband connection. Plus, with a cloud system, you can easily schedule downloads to occur at a time that is best for your network. This is not so easy with on-premises software unless you have a local server, which adds greatly to the cost of ownership and system complexity.

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