Wowza Media Server 2 Comparison to Adobe Flash Media Server


Pricing and Licensing Wowza Media
Server 2
Developer edition FREE FREE FREE
Subscription edition $65/server/mo or less Not Available Not Available
Perpetual edition $995 $4,500 $995
Amazon EC2 edition Use based Not Available Not Available

Multi-Protocol, Multi-Client Streaming
Flash (RTMP) Yes Yes Yes
iPhone (HTTP Streaming) Yes No No
Silverlight (Smooth Streaming) Yes No No
QucikTime/3GPP (RTSP/RTP) Yes No No

Inbound Live Encoder Support
RTMP (Flash & H.264/AAC) Yes Yes Yes
RTSP/RTP/MPEG-TS (H.264/AAC; unicast, multicast, TCP, UDP) Yes No No
ICY (MP3/AAC; SHOUTcast/icecast) Yes No No

Live Streaming Across Multiple Servers
Live Stream Repeater Origin Functionality Included Included No
Live Stream Edge Functionality Included Included No

Computing Scalability
Maximum number of CPU cores 16 8 4

Supported Platforms
Windows Yes Yes Yes
Mac OS X Yes No No
Linux Yes Limited Limited
Solaris Yes No No
Unix Yes No No
64-bit Support Yes - all platforms No No
IPv6 Support Yes No No

Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) Support
RTMP Yes Yes Yes
RTMPT Yes Yes Yes
RTMPS Yes Yes Yes
RTMPE Yes Yes Yes
RTMPTE Yes Yes Yes

Programming Options
Client Side ActionScript ActionScript ActionScript
Server Side Java¹ ActionScript No

¹ Free Wowza IDE tool is available for simplified server-side programming

Applications Capabilities
Video Streaming (live and on-demand)

      FLV Yes Yes Yes
      H.264 Yes Yes Yes
Audio Streaming (live and on-demand)

      FLV Yes Yes Yes
      MP3 Yes Yes Yes
      AAC, LC-AAC, HE-AAC Yes Yes Yes
      Speex Yes Yes Yes
Chat (text, audio, video)

      One-to-One Yes Yes No
      One-to-Many Yes Yes No
      Many-to-Many Yes Yes No

      Remote, b/w dependent Yes Yes No
      H.264/AAC to FLV container Yes Yes No
      H.264/AAC to MP4 (QuickTime)       container Yes No No
      during live stream
Yes Yes No
      segmented recording
Yes No No
Action Method Format 3 (AMF3) Support

      Uni-directional Yes Yes Yes
      Bi-Directional Yes No No
SHOUTcast/Icecast2 Re-streaming

      MP3 Yes No No
      AAC Yes No No
Remote Shared Objects (RSOs) Yes Yes No

Plug-in architecture (custom modules) Yes Yes No
Application-specific stream types Yes No No
Customizable media writers Yes No No
Customizable media readers Yes No No

Content Management Systems Access
File-based storage systems Yes Yes No
Protocol-based storage systems Yes No No

Other Features
Playlist and ad insertion support Yes Yes No
Dynamic bandwidth detection Yes Yes Yes
Virtual hosting Yes Yes No
Fast seek Yes Yes Yes
Fast forward/rewind trick play Yes No No
Slow play Yes No No
Dynamic streaming Yes Yes Yes

Security & Content Protection Options
SecureToken anti-ripping protection Yes No No
swf Domain/IP address validation Yes Yes Yes
Encrypted delivery (RTMPS/E/TE) Yes Yes Yes
User access controls Yes Yes Yes

WC3 compliant logging Yes Yes Yes
Interface to standards-based management tools Yes No No
Management console Yes
(via JMX)
Yes Yes
Centralized configuration management Yes No No

Live Stream Repeater Yes Yes No
Demand-based load balancing Yes No No
Round-robin load balancing Yes Yes No
Local content caching Yes Yes No