Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, has just released its ‘Amazon Kinesis Analytics,’ a fully managed service for continuously querying streaming data using standard SQL.
“Using Kinesis Analytics, developers can write standard SQL queries on streaming data and gain actionable insights in real-time, without having to learn any new programming skills,” Amazon confirmed ahead of the weekend.
“Today’s digital businesses generate massive quantities of streaming data from diverse sources such as website and mobile app click-streams, sensors embedded in connected devices, and IT system log files,” explained AWS. “Being able to continuously query and gain insights from this information in real-time – as it arrives – can allow companies to respond more quickly to business and customer needs.”
The problem that is being solved? Most existing data processing and analytics solutions aren’t able to continuously process this “fast moving” data.
“AWS’s functionality across big data stores, data warehousing, distributed analytics, real-time streaming, machine learning, and business intelligence allows our customers to readily extract and deploy insights from the significant amount of data they’re storing in AWS,” said Roger Barga, General Manager of Amazon Kinesis. “With the addition of Amazon Kinesis Analytics, we’ve expanded what’s already the broadest portfolio of analytics services available and made it easy to use SQL to do analytics on real-time streaming data so that customers can deliver actionable insights to their business faster than ever before.”
Now customers can get started with Amazon Kinesis Analytics in minutes by going to the AWS Management Console and selecting a Kinesis Streams or Kinesis Firehose data stream.
“Kinesis Analytics ingests the data, automatically recognizes standard data formats, and suggests a schema that can be refined using the interactive schema editor,” according to AWS. “Next, customers use the Kinesis Analytics SQL editor and built-in templates to write SQL queries, and point to where they want Kinesis Analytics to load the processed results. Kinesis Analytics takes care of everything required to continuously query streaming data, automatically scaling to match the volume and throughput rate of incoming data while delivering sub-second processing latencies.”
Currently, Kinesis Analytics is available in the U.S. East (N. Virginia), U.S. West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) regions and will expand to additional regions in the coming months, according to the company.