San Jose, California – (The Hosting News) – November 18, 2008 – Server software provider, Wowza Media Systems, has made available its Media Server Pro Subscription Edition, featuring friction-free monthly subscription licensing for its industrial-strength solution.
The media server is designed to make it both ”painless” and cost-effective for any CDN, streaming service or hosting provider to offer lucrative Flash media streaming services to customers.
Phil Koblence, VP, Operations, New York Internet, a Data Center services firm remarked, ”We chose Wowza Pro Subscription Edition because it enabled us to increase our capacity in nearly real time and offer clients the ability to host their streaming solutions without a large initial licensing fee. Additionally, this new model allows us to benefit from Wowza’s superb software and efficiently roll it into our existing hosting offerings.”
Wowza Media Server Pro, recently declared the #1 media server choice by the readers of Streaming Media Magazine, now counts more than 14,000 global licensees worldwide, including a rapidly growing number of service providers such as T-Systems (Deutsche Telecom), Interoute, Avacast, SimpleCDN, StreamUK, Nacamar, and StreamZilla, among others.
Wowza Media Server Pro Subscription Edition offers service providers the most full-featured version of Wowza Pro and a risk-free, flexible model for managing their licensing costs according to their customers’ streaming demands.
Key Benefits include:
â€¢ No upfront financial commitment
â€¢ No long-term contracts
â€¢ No minimum number of server instances
â€¢ No per-GB fees – just low fixed per-server monthly fee that declines in volume
â€¢ No cost for future software upgrades
â€¢ Flexible capacity and cost management – add/delete servers as needed and only pay for servers used
In a recent daily briefing, Jim Davis, Senior Analyst, Tier1 Research, wrote that Wowza’s subscription model ”is going to help streaming service providers and hosting companies by enabling them to keep a lid on capital expenditures. They can pass these cost savings on, enabling them to compete for customers that might not otherwise bother to buy CDN services.”
Other Wowza Pro licensees offer similar perspectives:
Michael Terretta, CEO, Advection.NET, a global CDN added, ”When serving media clients in broadcast and entertainment, it is imperative for a CDN to have flexible licensing for media server infrastructure that lets us adapt to clients’ needs in an economical, competitive and growth-oriented way without taking an up-front hit to the bottom line. Wowza’s friction-free licensing model along with Wowza Pro’s industrial strength performance and functionality gives us precisely that.”
Troy Leaver, Systems Administrator, Mediaserve, a family-owned hosting provider noted, ”Having served our customers with Windows Media streaming services for several years, as Flash streaming grew ever more popular, we knew we were going to have to look into providing Flash streaming. We chose Wowza Media Server Pro based on features and reputation, but it was Wowza’s approachable subscription licensing that made it possible for us to roll out Flash streaming services.”
Brad Mitchell, CEO, MojoHost, offering first-class hosting solutions since 1999 remarked, ”Our decision to make Wowza Pro our streaming platform of choice has allowed us to deliver robust, highly scalable Flash streaming to the global marketplace. Wowza’s subscription licensing enables us to deliver services at a price that lets our customers of all sizes achieve a substantial return on their investment.”
Wowza’s friction-free philosophy extends beyond just offering its customers irresistible economics. The full-featured Wowza Pro Subscription Edition includes exclusive functionality that enables service providers to offer Flash services that eliminate friction for their customers as well.
Wowza Pro’s exclusive SHOUTcast-to-Flash streaming capability is a no-barrier way to offer services to Web radio netcasters who wish to reach larger audiences without having to invest in Flash-compatible technologies.
Frank Wilson, Chief Engineer, SimpleCDN, a premier CDN provider commented, ”SimpleCDN chose Wowza Pro Subscription Edition, because it allows us to instantly scale our server infrastructure, without the need to constantly track licensing agreements. Overall the choice to go with Wowza vs. FMIS/FMSS was easy – Wowza allows us to fully utilize our 64-bit infrastructure, adds valuable features such as RTP, RTSP and MPEG-TS support, not to mention its rich Java plug-in capabilities. Wowza was a perfect fit for us, allowing SimpleCDN to provide the exact services our customers were looking for.”
By offering numerous free tools, such as the Centralized Management Utility, a Live Stream Monitoring Tool, and a fully Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Wowza also reduces friction for creating, operating and growing services efficiently.
Available immediately, Wowza Media Server Pro Subscription Edition starts at $65/month for the first Wowza Media Server Pro server instance and lower pricing for subsequent instances.
Wowza Media Systems is a software company solely focused on making industrial-strength media servers. With the February 2007 introduction of its award-winning product, Wowza Media Server Pro, Wowza has taken a leadership position in redefining Flash streaming. Wowza has not only radically changed Flash streaming economics, it has also revolutionized online media by introducing innovative and exclusive capabilities that make live, on-demand, and interactive Flash media streaming feasible for a broad range of customers. Deployed by thousands of global licensees in entertainment, social media, advertising, enterprise, education, government, and Internet commerce, Wowza customers include such well-known companies as Sun Microsystems, Interoute, RAINet, Astral Media, and T-Systems.
For more information, please visit: www.wowzamedia.com.