Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service from Amazon that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. Amazon EC2 is a cloud-computing platform that virtualizes computing resources as virtual machines. A single virtual machine configuration is registered as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). Wowza Media Systems™ provides public AMIs with pre-configured and tuned versions of the Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software that are ready to start using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Management Console. You can use these AMIs as needed to launch Wowza Streaming Engine for Amazon EC2 instances, paying for your running instance time, storage, and bandwidth only while the instances are running. You can launch Wowza Streaming Engine instances in specific geographic locations that are closer to your audience to reduce latency and in multiple geographic locations to provide high levels of redundancy.

Getting started

If you aren't familiar with how the Wowza Streaming Engine software works, we recommend that you install it on your local computer and try it out. You can get a free Trial license for the software after you complete a Wowza Streaming Engine Free Trial request form. The Wowza Streaming Engine Trial download includes the Wowza Streaming Engine software, documentation, and examples. To get your local media server up-and-running quickly, you can use the Wowza Streaming Engine Quick Start Guides and our Tutorials. The Wowza Streaming Engine User's Guide contains more comprehensive documentation about how to install and use the software.

Deploying Wowza Streaming Engine on Amazon EC2

To use Wowza Streaming Engine for Amazon EC2, you must have an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. After you've created your AWS account, follow the instructions in the Wowza Streaming Engine for Amazon EC2 Quick Start Guide to launch your first Wowza Streaming Engine for EC2 instance and stream a sample video.

Integrating Wowza Streaming Engine for Amazon EC2 instances with CloudFront

You can configure applications in your Wowza Streaming Engine EC2 instance as HTTP caching origins to an Amazon CloudFront distribution for delivery of on-demand and live streams using the Adobe HDS, Apple HLS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and MPEG-DASH streaming protocols. A CloudFront distribution is an HTTP caching infrastructure that enables you to distribute content using Amazon's worldwide network of edge locations that provide low latency and high data transfer speeds. CloudFront automatically routes requests for your streams to the edge location that can deliver the stream with the best possible performance.

For information on how to create streaming applications in an EC2 instance and attach them to a CloudFront distribution, see How to integrate your Wowza EC2 instance with CloudFront.

If you've purchased a license for the Wowza Streaming Engine software, but haven't set up a Wowza Streaming Engine EC2 instance yet, see How to bring your Wowza Streaming Engine license to CloudFront live HTTP streaming to learn how to launch Wowza Streaming AMIs from AWS Marketplace that are pre-configured to deliver live HTTP streams through a CloudFront distribution.

Getting help

Wowza Media Systems supports Wowza Streaming Engine for Amazon EC2 just like the regular media server product.

The Wowza Streaming Engine Forums are a great resource of information on how to install and use the Wowza Streaming Engine software. You can get help from Wowza experts around the world on our Forums. Search for an answer, post your question, or answer other users' questions. If you need a helping hand, Wowza technical support engineers around the world are available to help you achieve streaming success with Wowza software and services. To enlist help from Wowza, open a Wowza Support Ticket.

Amazon handles billing and payments, and software charges that appear on your monthly AWS billing statement. This includes billing for Amazon EC2 instance usage and bandwidth consumption, Amazon Simple Storage Services (Amazon S3), and Wowza Streaming Engine charges that accrue when using the following licensing models:

  • AWS Marketplace - Wowza Streaming Engine 4: Pro Edition (HVM)
  • AWS Marketplace - Wowza Streaming Engine 4: Standard

Wowza Media Systems has no insight into how the AWS billing system works. To address Amazon-related billing issues, you must create a support case in the AWS Support Dashboard. For more information about Amazon Web Services, see the AWS Support Center.

Note: The Wowza Streaming Engine 4: Standard option is NOT available to new subscribers.