Amazon Web Services has been equipped with a very significant new tool, namely Kinesis. It is a new streaming data service that is able to process data in real-time and also store it for up to 24 hours.
Currently, the tools which are able to offer a similar functionality include Storm and Hadoop. Storm is able to parse and analyze the data in real-time before streaming it to another place. Hadoop, on the other hand, is meant for more detailed cross-analysis.
Kinesis is similar to Storm in some ways. It is able to analyze and process data it receives before transferring it to any other location. Such real-time processing is a huge advantage for Kinesis. At the same time, Kinesis is able to retain data for up to 24 hours, which gives it a distinct edge over the likes of Storm.
Moreover, the service is automatically scalable over hundreds of terabytes per hour simply by deploying a software development kit. This new Amazon offering is already causing a stir in the entertainment industry, with many gaming giants having signed up for it already.
For many industry giants, gathering and processing data in real-time is still a cumbersome and costly process. With the highly efficient resource-usage of Kinesis, Amazon is likely to get many clients in no time. It remains to be seen, however, whether or not the new Kinesis streaming data service will stand the test of actual deployment on mass scales.