Red5 vs Wowza

Although both red5 and Wowza Streaming Engine are media servers there are a number of differences between, first of all wowza is more expensive then red5…. red5 is free and wowza costs $55 a month to use it on a server.

Wowza is more stable, we run servers with red5 and servers with wowza, red5 has to be restarted once or twice a month, wowza we never had to restart it because it stuck.

But while red5 can run on a virtual server with 4 giga of RAM and still manage to broadcast to 100 viewers or host a video chat site, wowza needs a dedicated server and some good RAM. So I would say that wowza is more resource hungry than red5.

Red5 is very badly documented. At the very least you need a good understanding of Java and networking to make sense of it.
Red5 is developed by volunteers, as such there is no support other than people helping each other in a mailing list. You need patience and the skills to help fix your own problem. (Don’t worry we are here to help!)

Below is a table with some comparison between red5 and wowza media servers:

Feature

Wowza Streaming Engine 4

Red5
Protocols supportedRTMP
RTMPT
RTMPS
RTMPE
RTMPTE
RTMP
RTMPT
RTMPS
RTMPE
RTMPTE
Developer edition10 Connections (Free)Free
Pricing$995
(30 day Trial also available)
Daily License (5$)
Monthly License (55$)
Free(Open Source)
Supported Platforms Windows
Mac OS X
Linux
Solaris
Unix
64-bit Support on all
IPv6 Support
Windows
Debian/Ubuntu
Mac OSX
WAR
Gentoo
Linux
Audio / Video Streaming (live and on-demand)FLV
H.264
FLV
MP3
AAC, LC-AAC, HE-AAC
Speex
(On Demmand)
FLV
MP3
F4V
MP4
AAC
M4A
(Live)
Sorenson
VP6
h.264
Nelly Moser
MP3
Speex
AAC
NSV
Multi Client/ Multi Protocol StreamingFlash (RTMP)
iPhone/iPad (HTTP Streaming)
Silverlight (Smooth Streaming)
QucikTime/3GPP (RTSP/RTP)
IPTV (MPEG-TS)
Flash (RTMP)
RecordingH.264/AAC to FLV container
H.264/AAC to MP4 (Quicktime) container
FLV Only
Inbound Live Encoder Support RTMP (Flash & H.264/AAC)
RTSP / RTP / MPEG-TS
(H.264/AAC: unicast, multicast, TCP, UDP)
ICY (MP3/AAC: SHOUTcast/ icecast)
Action Method Format 3 (AMF3) AMF3(Bi-directional )AMF3
Server Side JavaJava

 

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