Adobe Flash Media Server on Amazon Web Services

Today Adobe announced the availability of a new hosting service for FMS: Flash Media Server on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Kevins Towes, FMS Product Manager, has full details on his blog.

In a nutshell, FMS on AWS allows you to quickly deploy a fully licensed instance of FMS 4 in the cloud. The charges are a combination of FMS license fees and Amazon AWS charges, plus a mark-up on the hourly AWS fees. For example a lareg FMS instance which is limited to 100 RTMFP P2P connections will cost $0.44 per hour to run. A normal AWS large instance (without FMS) is charged at around $0.38 per hour. To run such an FMs instance for a month will cost just over $300, plus any bandwidth on top plus a $5 recurring monthly fee. But do not forget the benefits this type of deployment brings. Imagine having to run a massive live event - previously you would need to rent your own hardware, buy FMS licenses and set everything up by hand. Combining FMS with AWS essentially gives you FMS on tap - you may use it for a whole month, or just a few hours for your actual event. In such cases the AWS deployment can work out extremely cost effective.

I was able to test the AWS instances with FMS and I must say it was very easy to get up and running, especially when you are already an AWS customer as I was. I simply logged into the AWS portal, chose the FMS AMI bundle, went through the subscription sign-up and within minutes I had a fully working FMS 4 instance up and running, ready to stream.

I suggest you give FMS on AWS a try next time you need to run a large scale event or need to scale up your existing FMs infrastructure.


Influxis Now Offers FMS4 Enterprise / P2P Hosting - Special Pricing

This week is hosting news week it seems. First up is Influxis who are now able to offer FMS4 Enterprise hosting. Their new packages are aimed at large scale delivery and deployments which leverage the full FMS4 Enterprise feature set, including P2P connections over RTMFP.

As an introductory offer Influxis is also giving you the chance to lock in some special pricing for the whole year, but you must act quickly as these prices are only available until Friday, Dec 17th 2010. These prices will not come along again after that date so make sure you lock into a great deal now.

You can find the full press release here.


Streaming Video with Amazon Cloudfront

Streamingmedia.com have published a great tutorial and overview on how to get started with Amazon's new Cloudfront Streaming service. While the service currently only supports on-demand streaming of Flash video content the company also has plans to support live streaming in the near future. This service looks like a very cost effective and scalable video streaming service, and is relatively easy to set up.

If you are interested in this service and require any help or advice then please feel free to get in touch. I've set up several video streaming environments on Amazon Cloudfront as well as EC2 in the past.


Influxis Rolls Out FMIS and New TV App

Influxis are now offering hosting for the full version of FMIS 3 on their website, and have upgraded their plans' specs accordingly. They have also introduced a new tier of shared hosting plans called Enterprise for contract-free , large scale needs featuring resources just shy of going to a full dedicated environment. Any current customers who are on a FMS 2 account, can request to upgrade their account to FMIS 3 for free.
Customers also get access to a variety of turn-key applications, including the newest TV station application, and you can fined the admin demo here.


NetMasters adds Wowza Media Server to its Service Offering

In a move that may send some warnings signs in Adobe's direction, NetMasters, a company that delivers high-end services for Flash video on-demand audio/video streaming, live webcasts and other rich media productions, today announced that it is adding Wowza Media Server to its service offering.
As some of my readers may know, Wowza Media Server is a Flash video compatible streaming server which utilizes the same RTMP protocol as Adobe's Flash Media Server, making its output consumable by the Flash Player and which offers true streaming capabilities. The Wowza platform can appear to be a lower priced alternative to FMS, although I am not sure how a feature by feature comparison between the two platforms stacks up. NetMasters has obviously made good experiences with Wowza and is now offering it as a cost-effective solution alongside Adobe FMS.
The full press release can be downloaded here (PDF).

Disclosure: NetMasters and Wowza are advertising partners of this website


Influxis adds Flash Media Server 2 hosting to its offering

Influxis are now able to offer Flash Media Server hosting to their existing and new customers. The company has also revamped their customer portal and added many new features, making application setup even easier than before. Real time bandwidth reports, instant account activation and a neat stream previewer are just some of the features available. I am hosting several applications at Influxis and have only got good things to say about them. Even when we needed features that were a little bit out of the ordinary they accommodated our wishes and couldn't do enough to help.

Visit Influxis.com


Speedera is now Akamai

Speedera's acquisition process by Akamai is complete and the company is now operating under the single brand of Akamai. You can find out more about Akamai's streaming services by following this link.


Dedicated Flashcom Hosting at Vitalstream

Vitalstream are now offering dedicated Flashcom hosting - not only Flash Video Services but 'real' Flashcom Application Servers. Maybe I am a bit slow to catch up on this but I didn't know that this service was available.
Two different managed servers are available on Windows 2000, you can find an overview here. The Professional License costs a whopping $4,698.95 just to get started as the Flashcom License appears to be owned by the customer and not Vitalstream.
I am wondering if other CDN's will follow this example, broadening their Flashcom Hosting Services to more than just Flash Video - shared hosting anyone?
One thing I noticed is the way they describe the bandwidth allowance for these machines: monthly bandwidth is either 1Mbps or 10Mbps. Obviously that does not make any sense (how can monthly bandwidth be measured in bits per second, shouldn't that be throughput?) and demonstrates that even the big boys are having trouble understanding Macromedia's Flashcom Licensing Model. Somehow the figures suggest that this may be an unmetered server but I doubt it.
Vitalstream's Dedicated Flashcom Servers


Flash Media and Flash Video Service Provider List

Here you can find a selection of hand-picked hosting and service providers offering web video, streaming and Flash Media Server related services.

To be included on this list please email info@therealtimeweb.com

streamio.com STREAMIO
www.streamio.com
Streamio is a simple, smart and cost-effective cloud-based Online Video Streaming Platform for publishing, managing and monetizing video content online and on mobile devices.
With its intuitive interface, clever features and powerful API, Streamio puts novices and pros in complete control and takes all the headache out of online video publishing.
Sign up for a Free trial at www.streamio.com


Netromedia Netromedia
www.netromedia.com
Netromedia provides a complete range of live and on-demand streaming solutions, serving a diverse client base - from traditional enterprise broadcasters to individual internet streamers. Our streaming services are optimized to perfect the key elements of the online streaming process: Acquisition, Distribution and Analysis. We have pioneered most of the streaming technology that operates our systems today and our capital investments in R&D are in a class by themselves.


Influxis Influxis
www.influxis.com
Influxis is a specialist service provider and official Adobe hosting partner for the Adobe Flash Media Interactive Server. FMS allows for video streaming, live interactive presentations, cam chat, and more. It takes minutes to get started by simply embedding a Flash application into any current website. No need for any special setup, configuration, or switching web hosts. Custom-configure a FMS hosting plan or choose any pre-configured hosting plan specially priced for various levels of use. Influxis provides end users with extremely reliable connections and increased latency speeds via an international network of FMS servers located throughout the U.S., U.K., and Germany. Every account includes an account management interface with a file manager, bandwidth reports, and access to our Flotools FMS component set and complete library of pre-built Flash applications (including FLA source files for customization and branding).


Sapphire Sapphire
www.sapphire-group.net
Sapphire are broadcast specialists who provide digital delivery solutions for Radio, TV Simulcast, Web & IPTV, including "pay-per-view" services. Sapphires Live & VOD platform is built around Kaltura & Flash Media server & we have delivery agreements with the worlds largest FMS CDN for the delivery of live events. Sapphire can also offer production, host broadcaster & broadcast engineering services to compliment your digital delivery solution.


uvault Uvault
www.uvault.com

Uvault.com is dedicated to provide hosting services for applications using Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX. Catering to a growing global community of Communication Server developers, Uvault.com scalable hosting plans are tailored to support from individual developers to large enterprises seeking to deploy a scalable array of dedicated servers. Uvault.com servers located in N. America and in Europe provide high quality internet connection via NTT/Verio global advanced tier-1 network.



imediasee Imediasee
www.imediasee.com

Imediasee delivers stunning high resolution true Flash video streams at an exceptional price - without monthly fees, setup fees, overage charges or long-term commitment. Imediasee, a Wowza streaming partner, offers live and on-demand streaming services, volume hosting packages, multi-bit rate video encoding and custom application development. Our Dynamic Delivery™ feature adds automatic bandwidth detection and bit rate adjustment to the advantages of Wowza’s media server ensuring instant video loading, higher bit rates, with no buffering or delays, even for feature length movies.



Wowza Wowza Media Systems
www.wowzamedia.com

The Wowza™ Media Server is an industrial strength cross-platform Flash® server that gives you the performance, flexibility and features you need to dramatically improve Flash streaming economics. It interactively streams video, audio and data to the ubiquitous Adobe® Flash Player for a wide range of applications, including video-on-demand, live video delivery, video recording and chat. The Wowza Media Server makes Flash streaming affordable for organizations of all sizes – from individuals and enterprises, to hosting companies and CDNs.  Multiple editions are available to meet your specific needs, including the unlimited connections edition and high-volume licensing.



netmasters Flashhosting
www.flashhosting.nl
Flashhosting.nl offers FlashCom Hosting in various ways. It delivers shared as well as dedicated and managed FlashCom Hosting. One of the unique ideas behind Flashhosting.nl is the idea of the way you can set up your own shared enviroment. Also you never pay too much because you only pay the datatraffic you really use. Flashhosting is the no. 1 in The Netherlands regarding Macromedia Hosting with FlashCom, ColdFusion and Jrun and one of the few in the world hosting FlashCom on Red Hat Enterpise and Windows 2003 Server. Experience it yourself by asking a FCS-account of 14 days for free!


im solutions InterMedia Solutions
www.intermedia-solutions.net
InterMedia Solutions provides Streaming and Software Services for the creation and publishing of professional Video Streams, RichMedia presentations and interactive Webcasts.

Our software solution MultiSource-WebCast offers you an efficient tool for the production, control, recording and distribution of live webcasts. The software makes it possible to mix any external or internal media source such as the video of a speaker and a PowerPoint presentation. In addition, texts, images, logos, banners and much more can be merged at any point. ONE single synchronous media stream is output, which can be encoded in any format, such as Flash, Windows Media, or Real, saved and then published as a live stream on the internet.

Choose our MDN (Media Delivery Network) for a guaranteed high performance delivery of your live and on-demand video webcast, including player, encoder and free support.



velocix Velocix
wwww.velocix.com
Velocix offers the broadest and most innovative range of digital delivery services available today. Our global Content Delivery Network (CDN) provides an Internet fast lane for digital assets like video, music, software and games. With Velocix, high quality streamed video plays uninterrupted from start to finish and file downloads complete without failure in a fraction of the time. For more information, visit www.velocix.com.


streamuk StreamUK
wwww.streamuk.com
European specialists in Flash hosting and system integration based on Flash technology, provisioned by the latest Macromedia technology. Stream UK (http://www.streamuk.com) was established in 2001 and heads the group that includes Stream Spain (http://www.streamspain.es) and Stream Italy (http://www.streamitalia.com). The impressive client list has AOL, BBC, ITV, Virgin Media and Yahoo as active Flash-based projects. Underpinning the hosting capability is a powerful transcoding farm capable of converting most current digital formats into the latest Flash codecs.


limelight Limelight Networks
www.limelightnetworks.com
Limelight Networks, Inc. is a content delivery partner enabling the next wave of Internet business and entertainment. More than 1300 Internet, entertainment, software, and technology brands trust our robust, scalable platform to monetize their digital assets by delivering a brilliant online experience to their global audience. Our architecture bypasses the busy public Internet using a dedicated optical network that interconnects thousands of servers and delivers massive files at the speed of light -- directly to the access networks that consumers use every day. Our proven network and passion for service assures our customers that every object in their library will be instantly delivered to every user, every time. For more information, visit www.limelightnetworks.com.


streamedia Streamedia
wwww.streamedia.eu
Streamedia is a Flash Media Server network and Adobe experts. Our streaming service let you stream any content for live or on-demand events! Our platform and data centers are monitored 24/24 & 7/7 by European Telecom Network (Colt Telecom, France Telecom, etc.). Streamedia is a collaboration projet of Adobe and Adobe official community.


akamai

Akamai
www.akamai.com

Akamai® is the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online. More than 1,300 organizations have formed trusted relationships with Akamai, improving their revenue and reducing costs by maximizing the performance of their online businesses. Leveraging the Akamai EdgePlatform, these organizations gain business advantage today, and have the foundation for the emerging Web solutions of tomorrow. Akamai is "The Trusted Choice for Online Business."


mirror image Mirror Image
www.mirror-image.com
Mirror Image® Internet, Inc. combines a patented global network with results-driven content delivery solutions to help customers deploy, monitor and refine online strategies. The Mirror Image network reliably streams content to users around the world, regardless of location or traffic bursts. With comprehensive capabilities and an easy-to-use Web-based management tool, the Mirror Image solution enables companies to easily publish, manage, deliver and analyze their streaming media activity. The Mirror Image streaming media network supports Windows Media,® RealMedia, QuickTime® and Flash streaming formats, and leverages the power and flexibility provided through Mirror Image's Managed Content Targeting service.


groovy gecko Groovy Gecko
www.groovygecko.com
Groovy Gecko are specialists in streaming media. They don't provide thier services as an add-on to other broadcast media or have their fingers in various other new media pies. Instead Groovy Gecko concentrate on what they do best, and they try and do it better than anyone else. With some five years experience in the UK streaming market they now have over 100 clients across many industry sectors - from blue chip companies to public sector organizations; advertising agencies to charities.


moremx MoreMX
wwww.moremx.com

MoreMX.com and it's sister company InterLake have a focus on ColdFusion and other Macromedia Servers since 1996 and established the Macromedia Server User Group Central Europe in 1998. Macromedia Flash Communication Server is the main focus of MoreMX.com which offers a wide range of dedicated and shared Macromedia Flash Communication Server and ColdFusion hosting packages and is also offering Macromedia Breeze solutions for server based presentations, training and education.



metasphere
Metasphere
www.metasphere.net
Metasphere.net offers Flashcom Hosting for developers and businesses large and small. They utilize dedicated FCS servers on an OC3 network to ensure that the server network is never slowing the applications down. Their service is backed by an anti-corporate support team and an extensive database of tutorials and downloadable applications to get you jump-started on your projects. They do not require your domain to be hosted with them, nor a lengthy contract, so you can try their services safely and economically.


ideaweb IdeaWeb.IT
www.ideaweb.it
IdeaWeb.IT is the first 'Alliance and Training Partner Macromedia' in Italy and they offer scalable high quality Hosting Services with Macromedia technology like ColdFusion MX and Flash Communication Server MX. They have 'shared' and 'dedicated' hosting plans and with a team of 'Macromedia Certified' staff are able to offer complete support for developing, managing and monitoring 'Rich Internet Applications' developed on ColdFusionMX, FlashComMX and FlashRemoting MX with complete support for CFC, WebServices and XML.


flashcomhosting Flashcomhosting
www.flashcomhosting.ca
The company hosts sites like www.northerngetaway.com the Getaway Island on dedicated servers, plus they offer many options for shared flashcom hosting.. Flashcomhosting have been hosting flashcom since the beginning and they were the first in Canada to launch a dedicated hosting service for flashcom.


firstserv Firstserv
www.firstserv.com
Based in the UK and hosting Macromedia Server solutions since 1999, Firstserv is a Macromedia Alliance Partner offering a wide range of shared and dedicated Flash Communication Server MX hosting packages.
With a full complementary range of ColdFusion MX and JRun hosting packages, all supported by our in-house team of Macromedia Certified Professionals, Firstserv is perfectly placed to host your Flash Communication Server MX applications.


nexica Nexica
www.nexica.com
Nexica is expert in managed services, managing Information Technology and Telecommunications Infrastructures as in house as in its own Data Center in Spain. Nexica develops flexible and technological solutions with a business vision, its aim is increase efficiency and productivity of its corporate customers. Nexica has more than 11 years of experience and also has ISO 9001:2000 certification since 2003. It has more than 1.200 corporate customers and owns the most modern European Internet Data Centre with 24x7 Technical Support. Nexica TI platform is service oriented (SOI). Its mission is understand customer business and offer a service performance according to their need, transfer its tested tools and methodology in high competitive environments to companies and offer flexible, secure and profitable services.


CDNetworks CDNetworks
www.CDNetworks.com
CDNetworks, a leading global, full-service content delivery network (CDN), provides technology, network infrastructure, and customer services that accelerate the delivery of Internet content and applications to end users around the world. CDNetworks provides a comprehensive suite of technology for video streaming, large-volume-file downloads and image caching, which deliver unparalleled quality of performance, service, and reliability. World-leading media and entertainment, technology, retail, and online gaming companies rely on CDNetworks to optimize their end users' online experiences. CDNetworks, founded in 2000 in Seoul, Korea, has subsidiaries in the US, China and Japan and is publicly traded on Korea's KOSDAQ exchange (KOSDAQ: 073710).


streamsolutions Streaming Wizard
wwww.streamingwizard.com
Established in 2002 Streaming Wizard provides carrier-grade streaming services to a wide range of UK and Global clients.We can supply the full range of audio and video streaming services including, but not limited to, Flash Media Server, Flash Media Interactive Server and Wowza Media server We provide you with the delivery network for both on-demand and live streaming applications and can help you in all aspects of your content delivery. Streaming Wizard is also able to facilitate your live streaming requirements with the provision of both experts and equipment, from a simple encoder with a single camera/man through to a multi-camera, broadcast quality shoot. We are more than happy to provide testimonials to our service from many past and current clients.


PlanetStream PlanetStream
wwww.planetstream.net
PlanetStream is the UK's first Content Delivery Network (CDN) to offer a complete streaming experience, whilst still maintaining the highest commitment to service and competitive pricing. The PlanetStream CDN is the ideal content delivery solution for all online industries distributing rich digital media globally over the Internet . PlanetStream supports On Demand, Live Event Streaming and Progressive Downloads flawlessly, anywhere on the planet.
The PlanetStream delivery platform ensures that the highest quality of Flash media is supported for rapid access around the planet covering video, audio, content and software making PlanetStream the one-stop shop for all your CDN needs."


streamsolutions streamsolutions
wwww.streamsolutions.co.uk
StreamSolutions are the market leader in consumer level stream services delivering both quality and service at an affordable price. A relative newcomer to the Flash Streaming market they use all their market knowledge to offer quality services at very competitive prices. The services range from simple streaming services (bitrate, bandwidth or usage based) and content delivery, all the way up to geographical locking and authentication based streaming. There is no setup fee and contracts are monthly. If you want something simple, yet affordable StreamSolutions is
the company to use.