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Wowza Streaming Engine (Linux PAID)

Wowza Media Systems, Inc. | 4.8.27

Linux/Unix, Amazon Linux 2020 - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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6 AWS reviews

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22 reviews
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    Mark Pugner

Arbitrarily Limited

  • March 09, 2020
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

This has been great for cost management of Wowza servers that don't need to be running 24/7, but that is where the positives end. EC2 has released new instance types, specifically m5, since this image was last updated which are not supported. Attempts to manually migrate to other instance types have failed also. But now that I've deployed my fleet with this AMI, I'm stuck.

    Vojta Drbohlav

Newer instance types

  • February 13, 2020
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

We use Wowza AMIs all around the world and they work pretty good.

Do you have a plan for supporting newer instance types? We use c4.4xlarge EC2 instances in most regions, but in some regions they are not available. Only newer instance type c5.4xlarge is available but your AMI doesn't support it. Could you please add it? Thank!

    Verified User in Higher Education

Wowza Media Server is the Best

  • October 07, 2019
  • Review verified by G2

What do you like best about the product?
We have been using Wowza for Streaming for over a decade. The latest Wowza Streaming Engine is the best available so far. The web management feature is really good, there is no more messing around with config files like some of the older versions. This media engine serves just about all the formats that anyone would need, It is stable and a true work horse. If you ever have to ask for support they are on it.
What do you dislike about the product?
I can't say there is a single thing that I do not like about this product. The only thing I would not like to see is is they get purchased by some big company. From what I can tell they focus on their streaming technologies and that is a good thing.
What problems is the product solving and how is that benefiting you?
We had to build an in house secure VOD system to sever thousands of videos that were over an hour long. Our front end is written in PHP and the whole system is authenticated through our LMS using LTI. It is secure and encrypted using StreamLink. The Streaming Engine is rock solid and the only time we need to touch it is to upgrade to a newer version.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
If you need to host your own streaming engine I would look no further than the Wowza media server. It is solid, fast, efficient , and easy to set up. Documentation is good and their support is stellar.

    Media Production

It is good

  • February 08, 2019
  • Review verified by G2

What do you like best about the product?
Full documentation
Great support
What do you dislike about the product?
Sometimes after update. Once. Got problem and roller back

I could not record incomming rtp streams wowza did not catch them and I looked for another solution

I find the API have a parrier of passage. Not one click lunch or something like this.

1 year support only for all life license makes no sence because updates all life will need support...
The log files take tooo much space over time and I am not sure I read about alert to put them somewhere not to fill the disk!
What problems is the product solving and how is that benefiting you?
Live streaming
Target to youtube

    Broadcast Media

Easy and Expert Solution

  • September 25, 2018
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best about the product?
It's very easy to manage it via web management panel.Our staff even newbies can manage it easily. In case of any problem they have a very good community for asking. It's possible to find your questions on their forum.

And it has a very good transcoder for transcoding streams to different bitrates. With GPU and Intel Quicksync support we are able to transcode many streams in a single box.
What do you dislike about the product?
Poor Analytics . You need other tools to get deeper statistics and data. Also you can't keep historical data.
What problems is the product solving and how is that benefiting you?
It supports GPU transcoding. We are doing same operation with a single server instead of 20 server.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Please spend some time to try and configure it. It could solve all your needs.


Easy to setup, Many unsupported instance types

  • August 21, 2018
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The marketplace AMI is only behind by a patch release so that's pretty good. Setup is easy with the marketplace. My major complain would be the lack of supported instance types. The vendor recommended instance type isn't even available for me to create anymore.

    Michael Richardson

Cost makes no sense and the AMI is lagging behind severly

  • May 04, 2016
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You can pay $65/mo per instance and install yourself on another AMI ( I suggest using a G2 instance then docker along with ) or pay $92.31-$1,915.2 per month (depending on the instance type) for the exact same software. Of course, I assumed the software costs would be similar (and covered by my AWS credits; why they are not) so I found out the hard way.

Also, the AMI doesn't provide G2 support (GPU/NVENC support) and lags behind the release schedule so there's even more reason to use a standard instance or docker-capable AMI with GPU support and their monthly license. Still, be careful because whey they say "per instance", they don't mean "per machine" and they will bill you multiple times if their system "phones home" more than once for any reason. Found that out the hard way also.

    Rubin Gerovski

g2 instances not available

  • March 15, 2016
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Why g2 instances are not available? Is there any particular reason for it? We really have the need to utilize NVENC transcoding capability of g2.