I recently got an email from Wowza Media Systems mentioning that they’ll be at the Streaming Media East show, which happens to only be 2 weeks away. With that, they’ve pointed out that their new version of Wowza Media Server, v3, will be out in Q3. That’s not far away at all. Most notable item is that anybody who has v2 right now gets a free upgrade to v3. Holy crap…
What a recipe for total success, in my opinion. An amazing piece of software that is quickly starting to lead the industry in complete cross platform usage both on server and client end, a great developing environment and excellent support, low price point compared to the competition (1000 dollars compared to 4500 for less functionality) and now a completely free upgrade to the next version. Compare that to FMS where they force payment to almost the exact same server except with rtmfp. No insult to the FMS team but they’re just so far behind now with only promises of pushing out some kind of update to allow for streaming to devices other than one running the Flash Player. Wowza has been doing that for quite some time now and has a very strong backing in the developer community. FMS may be strong concerning their origin/edge configuration, but there’s more to these servers than just pushing out video. Adobe is losing that whole crowd to Wowza and it just seems like it’s not on their radar.
It’s absolutely no surprise to me that we have not had one customer (new or old) coming to us asking to use FMS anymore, it’s all Wowza. We still work with our old client’s systems with FMS but slowly they are even switching over and taking advantage of huge savings with a better development environment and a far more robust system in the back end. Just the fact that you can connect to a database directly from Wowza shows just one small part of how much more advanced the server side development is.
Good on Wowza Media Systems for pushing out a new version this year and making it available to all that have invested in them so far. Check out the details about their press release here, and if you want to pre-register for the Wowza 3 preview release then you can do that here.