What is a Streaming Server ?
If you want your users to enjoy live events or streamed video or audio, you are going to need a streaming server. When you hear the phrase “streaming server” you probably picture a big black box that stores all of the hardware needed to process the requests and deliver the streamed content. But, a streaming server isn’t like a web server.
A streaming server is actually the software that is installed, often on a web server, which handles all of the technical sides of the data transfers that make streaming possible.
A streaming server is kind of like an usher at an enormous stadium. When you go to a concert or match at the stadium you give the usher your ticket. If you don’t have a ticket, you don’t get in. After deciding your ticket is valid, the usher shows you to the section where your seat is. You then follow the usher’s direction and the signs to find you seat and enjoy the show.
The streaming server uses protocols to direct web traffic to the correct port and then allows users to being receiving small data packets, or streams of data, in their web browsers that allow the user to watch video or listen to audio without downloading large files.
When you are looking to setup a streaming server in the cloud you have a lot of options. But, when looking for the best cloud service provider you need to consider three factors. One, how fast is the cloud server that will be hosting the streaming server, how reliable is the cloud server, and how much will the hosting cost.
Darwin servers not only has one the fastest cloud servers in the market with speeds up to
20 Gigabit per second per every single server, but they are also the industry leader in reliability. Darwin servers are up 99.99% of the time, in part because every single server can have up to 10 different network adapters. When you trust Darwin with your streaming server you know the content will be delivered fast and the server will be up when your users need access. Not only that, but Darwin makes sure users only pay for the resources they use.
If you are thinking about setting up a streaming server, contact us today and see how Darwin can help you get your project off the ground and into the cloud.
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