Hi, I'm going to start a weekly podcast and stream video live while we're recording every week so people can watch. I have 3 webcams and I'm using XSplit to control everything.... It's set up perfectly in terms of being able to stream to the site and switch between cams now. I had a few questions I was hoping someone with experience could answer when they had a minute before we go live in a week or 2.
1. Is there any strain on my website's server from people just going to the live streaming page and sitting there watching? What if 2,000 people are watching? Is most of the strain on the Amazon EC2 server? Will it adjust and compensate for more people if I don't use the "small" instance and do the 64 bit Wowza version instead?
2. I am on Fios, and my streaming tests on my site look great. I'm on 25MB/s download and 5MB/s upload. I can upgrade to 25 up and 25 down for $15 more a month. Would that be unnecessary and overkill for what I'm doing? I'd like to stream at a decent resolution. The tests looked good. I believe I was at 720p. Might have tried 1080p on one of them, but I'd have to go back and try again to be sure on that.
3. I'd like to know how many people are watching the live stream when we broadcast. Someone told me about Cacti... But mentioned it's not really being supported in the latest Wowza versions on EC2. I was planning on using 2.4 for this, but wasn't sure if that's the best way to keep track of users, or if just installing Analytics was a good solution? Was told they have real time analysis now. Any suggestions on this? Is there any advantage to using 3.0 or higher?