Choosing the right Milestone XProtect VMS for you

When Trying to find the Milestone XProtect video management software that best suits your requirements can be difficult and it is easy to get bogged down in all the information out there. With multiple options to choose from it can be hard to decide which software really is the best option for you. When selecting your XProtect software there are some key points you need to think about:

  1. How many cameras are there in my system?
  2. What do I want to get from my VMS?
  3. Will I be expanding my system?
  4. Will the installation be spread across multiple sites?

Once you have your answers to the above questions you are already in a better position for selecting your software. Now you need to know what versions are available to you and the differences between them. Options are:


We’ll start with Essential+, this is a free full featured version of the Milestone software that has been specifically designed for small systems with support for up to 8 cameras. So if you have 8 or fewer cameras then this is the option for you.
You can download the free Essential+ video management software here.

Moving on to the Express Series, this software has been designed for smaller single-site installations with support for up to 48 cameras. Within the Express Series you have two VMS options; Express and Express+.


An older version of the software which has:

  • Basic Alarm Management
  • Single-layer Map function
  • Support for 5 concurrent users


First introduced in 2017 and builds on the capabilities of the Express software. Featuring:

  • Full Alarm Management
  • Multi-layer Map functions
  • Support for an unrestricted amount of concurrent users
  • 265 support
  • Hardware accelerated video motion detection

We would always recommend Express+ over Express due to the added and enhanced features.

Now it’s time to talk about the Professional Series; designed for mid-sized security systems this VMS can support an unrestricted amount of cameras and servers. Like the Express Series the Professional Series has two VMS options; Professional and Professional+.


The older version of the software which includes features such as:

  • Support for up to 320 cameras per server
  • Multi-layer map functions
  • Full Alarm Management
  • Support for multiple servers


Like Express+ was first introduced in 2017 and again develops on the capabilities of the Professional software. In addition to the Professional features this VMS includes:

  • Support for an unrestricted amount of cameras per server
  • The ability to centrally manage multiple servers on multiple sites
  • Support for H.265 compression
  • Metadata support
  • Support for hardware accelerated video motion detection

A before we would recommend the Professional+ VMS over the Professional version.

Additionally see below table comparing XProtect VMS options and their features:

Now you know the basics you can select which VMS is best suited for your requirement and if you are still a little unsure you can always contact us for more advice or alternatively Milestone offer a Free 30 day trial of all their software. What better way is there to know you’ve got the right option than to test it for yourself?

Gilly Marshall

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