How the cloud will reduce your costs

MediaCP Cloud Video is a revolutionary online video streaming platform designed first for hosting companies, with no servers or licenses involved. This is the key point that makes the platform so great, we’ve designed it specifically for you to sell video streaming services and not worry about managing servers, software or licenses. This is the only cloud based platform designed first for hosting companies.

This platform is designed as the next-generation of video hosting but also in an effort to simplify and reduce our clients costs and in this article I’m going to show you how.

Comparing Operating Costs

The cost to run the MediaCP with a Professional Streaming Engine (such as Wowza Streaming Engine) and Server Hosting starts at $272 USD per month for a budget VPS and at $450 per month with a dedicated server if you include adequate backups (you really should!).

When streaming with less than 3 TB per month, the MediaCP Cloud Video is either cheaper or similar to operating a budget VPS however you’ll be getting so much more out of the cloud then possible with on-premise.

Product Costs Total
Budget VPS MCP Video - $25/mo
Wowza Streaming Engine - $175/mo
Vultr 2 vCPU / 8 GB - $60/mo
Backups - $12/mo
$272 Per Month
Dedicated Server MCP Video - $25/mo
Wowza Streaming Engine - $175/mo
Dedicated Server - $150+/mo
Backups - $50/mo
$400 Per Month
Cloud Video Starter Starter Package - $99/mo
1 TB Bandwidth - $63/mo
$162 Per Month
Cloud Video Starter Starter Package - $99/mo
2 TB Bandwidth - $133/mo
$232 Per Month
Cloud Video Starter Starter Package - $99/mo
3 TB Bandwidth - $203/mo
$302 Per Month

What about other costs?

When it comes to running your own server, there are many additional costs that may come up which are no longer relevant with a cloud platform. The below list is sure to be costing you each year.

  • MediaCP Software Updates
  • Server Migrations due to upgrades or system failures (recent CentOS 8 EOL is a great example of this).
  • Wowza StreamLock Install or Renewal
  • Service charges from the datacentre
  • Premium Support from Wowza or Datacentres
  • Server Admins or Technical Staff

How does MediaCP Cloud reduce costs?

For a business of any size, operating in the cloud simplifies your business overheads and can even save you some money.

  • One Provider, Simple Billing – No more datacentres or dealing with multiple companies, our cloud costs consists of a flat fee paid each month.
  • No Shock Bills – There are no overage costs, we’ll let you know when plan limits are being reached and you can decide to upgrade or not. We’ll never send you a shock bill.
  • No Service Fees – Since there are no servers involved there is no servicing, no maintenance, no software or server upgrades.
  • Reduced Technical Requirements – Your business no longer needs to hire someone to manage servers or software, you can focus on growing your business and hiring customer service agents rather than engineers.

Do I need to change billing and plans?

Absolutely not! Our Cloud Video platform is designed to give you freedom on how you bill your customers. You can continue billing with a fixed price model, for example a plan with 1 Channel and 1 TB bandwidth for $x per month.

Our new platform is flexible when it comes to billing, you can configure pricing in 3 different ways:

  • Fixed Pricing – For example providing 1 Live Channel, 500 GB bandwidth for $x/month
  • Metric Billing – Automatic billing per GB and per Channel
  • Hybrid Billing – For example a plan that includes 5 Channels and 1 TB Bandwidth. If user exceeds 5 channels or 1TB Bandwidth then they will be billed per GB and per additional channel. 

You can also choose which features to provide with each plan, including Stream Recording, DVR/Rewind, Channel Types and more.

What about larger bandwidth usage?

For larger bandwidth usage it’s time to think of the bigger picture and consider the benefits of the cloud video platform and the growth of your business or project.

A fixed pricing model (i.e., 1 channel w/500GB) limits your customers growth and limits your revenue generation. With the traditional model, your customer knows that there is a limit and will make sure they don’t use more than their limit.

What if your customer could create as many channels as they wanted, use as much bandwidth as they wanted without their service being cut off? Then they are billed automatically for their usage at the end of the month. Usage based plans as above give your customers more freedom to grow. When your customers use more than 1 channel, they will start generating more bandwidth and in turn more revenue for your business.

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