Amazon Kinesis – A Quick Guide

Collecting, processing, and analyzing data to provide insights in real-time is critical to organizations.  Amazon Web Services offers Amazon Kinesis for this very purpose.  Amazon Kinesis allows your organization to easily collect, process, and analyze video and data streams.  This real time tool will allow you to consume data such as video, audio, application logs, website clickstreams, and loT telemetry data for machine learning, analytics, and other applications. Processing this data real time will allow your organization to respond instantly, giving your organization the upper hand.

The benefits of real time, fully managed, and scalable are seen across all capabilities of Amazon Kinesis.  These capabilities are the following:

1.    Kinesis Video Streams – Amazon Kinesis Video Streams is a fully managed AWS service that you can use to stream live video from devices to the AWS Cloud, or build applications for real-time video processing or batch-oriented video analytics.  Benefits of using Kinesis Video Streams include:

        a.    Connect and stream from millions of devices
        b.    Durably store, encrypt, and index data
        c.    Focus on managing applications instead of infrastructure
        d.    Build real-time and batch applications on data streams
        e.    Steam data more securely

2.    Kinesis Data Streams – You can use Amazon Kinesis Data Streams to collect and process large streams of data records in real time.  You can use Kinesis Data Streams for rapid and continuous data intake and aggregation. The type of data used can include IT infrastructure log data, application logs, social media, market data feeds, and web clickstream data.  In addition, here are some scenarios for using Kinesis Data streams:

        a.    Accelerated log and data feed intake and processing    
        b.    Real- time metrics and reporting    
        c.    Real- time data analytics
        d.    Complex stream processing

3.    Kinesis Data Firehose – Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose is the easiest way to reliably load streaming data into data lakes, data stores and analytics tools. It is a fully managed service that automatically scales to match the throughput of your data and requires no ongoing administration. It can also batch, compress, transform, and encrypt the data before loading it, minimizing the amount of storage used at the destination and increasing security.

4.    Kinesis Data Analytics – the easiest way to process streaming data in real time with standard SQL without having to learn new programming languages or processing frameworks.  It will automatically provision the services necessary to collect, process, analyze and visualize website clickstream data in real-time. This solution is designed to provide a framework for analyzing and visualizing metrics, allowing you to focus on adding new metrics rather than managing the underlying infrastructure.

If you would like to explore how Amazon Kinesis can help your organization, contact us for a complimentary consultation.  Cloud Rush’s hands on, human approach to IT will help your organization with all of your Amazon Web Service needs.

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