Willow is the answer to any Wowza Streaming Engine (was Wowza Media Server) developer’s or administrator’s problem of how to see what your Wowza Streaming Engine is doing at any one time and manage it or use the new multi-server monitoring view to monitor more than one at the same time. We created Willow to meet our needs to be able to see what is going with our applications and servers publishing and playing all types of streams, the connections and shared objects.
Wowza has released version 4 of their streaming server which is now named, Wowza Streaming Engine. We have accommodated for both v3.6 and lower and v4 and higher with two different Application.xml files in the case that you are running both or one or the other.
From version 2 of Willow, we now have released mobile versions that allow you to monitor your Wowza Streaming Engine from your mobile devices. Willow for mobile is available both from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store for free.
We have added support for STi Streaming Protection from v2.5 on for creating new applications, editing current ones and adding the required HTTPProvider code for the VHost to make it as easy as possible to implement our latest streaming security for Wowza product.
Some quotes from our Willow users:
Overall, Willow is the missing link for Wowza. It gave me great insight into the performance of each server. This was vital info that I would not have otherwise been able to understand or know. With this info I can make informed decisions and performance tweaks.
I can’t imagine developing without Willow anymore, it’s one of those tools you kind of knew you needed and then when you have it you realize that you never want to not have it as it has truly become essential.
Being able to view what is going on in Wowza in realtime has been a lifesaver for our company. Up until purchasing and installing Willow we had to go through logs, mess around with jconsole and guess at some things. Having all that information and management of Wowza in one place is invaluable. Thanks for creating such a great product!
Our latest Screencast of Overview of Willow:
Willow provides realtime graphical and data based updates on the Wowza Streaming Engine that you are connected to both on your desktop, and as of v2, your iPad or Android device. We have added in graphs and grids of data to help you understand what is happening not only throughout the application, but also down to each instance of any application that is running on the server. This can be very useful in figuring out how much of a load the server has or how popular an event or game is based on the connection count and network traffic for an application and/or instance.
Setting up applications on Wowza couldn’t be easier now with our application wizard that allows you to not have to touch the Application.xml file again. Willow displays each setting with an understandable explanation as to what it is if you need to know. You can change some or all values and save those settings to create a new application on the server to be used right away. This feature of the server administration section of Willow is very powerful and will be growing as versions increase. Willow also has the ability for simple management of your Wowza Media Server applications by adding, removing and disabling them and introspecting the application.xml files for them.
For the data that is associated with your instance in shared objects, we also have the ability to dig into them to see what the values may be at a given time. This is helpful if you use shared objects to remember the state of the application or record data to then push out later. If you’re wondering why your shared objects aren’t working as you expect, this is an indispensable tool to help in debugging.