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"Everything is hosted and simple.""Amazon Kinesis also provides us with plenty of flexibility.""Amazon Kinesis has improved our ROI.""Its scalability is very high. There is no maintenance and there is no throughput latency. I think data scalability is high, too. You can ingest gigabytes of data within seconds or milliseconds.""The most valuable feature is that it has a pretty robust way of capturing things.""Kinesis is a fully managed program streaming application. You can manage any infrastructure. It is also scalable. Kinesis can handle any amount of data streaming and process data from hundreds, thousands of processes in every source with very low latency.""Great auto-scaling, auto-sharing, and auto-correction features.""The feature that I've found most valuable is the replay. That is one of the most valuable in our business. We are business-to-business so replay was an important feature - being able to replay for 24 hours. That's an important feature."

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"MSK has a private network that's an out-of-box feature."

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Cons
"Could include features that make it easier to scale.""I think the default settings are far too low.""Something else to mention is that we use Kinesis with Lambda a lot and the fact that you can only connect one Stream to one Lambda, I find is a limiting factor. I would definitely recommend to remove that constraint.""Kinesis Data Analytics needs to be improved somewhat. It's SQL based data but it is not as user friendly as MySQL or Athena tools.""If there were better documentation on optimal sharding strategies then it would be helpful.""Kinesis is good for Amazon Cloud but not as suitable for other cloud vendors.""Lacks first in, first out queuing.""In general, the pain point for us was that once the data gets into Kinesis there is no way for us to understand what's happening because Kinesis divides everything into shards. So if we wanted to understand what's happening with a particular shard, whether it is published or not, we could not. Even with the logs, if we want to have some kind of logging it is in the shard."

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"It should be more flexible, integration-wise."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The feature that I've found most valuable is the replay. That is one of the most valuable in our business. We are business-to-business so replay was an important feature - being able to replay for 24… more »
Top Answer: I think there is a paid version only, there is no free version. I think it is possibly on the expensive side. I did not go too deep into pricing, because our business did not care about pricing that… more »
Top Answer: In general, the pain point for us was that once the data gets into Kinesis there is no way for us to understand what's happening because Kinesis divides everything into shards. So if we wanted to… more »
Top Answer: MSK has a private network that's an out-of-box feature.
Top Answer: MSK should be easier to integrate with other solutions. It should be more flexible, integration-wise. MSK has a private network that's an out-of-the-box feature. For our case, we needed something… more »
Top Answer: Behind the scenes, we use Kafka. We tried using MSK to collect old data surrounding inventory from e-commerce websites, for example.
Ranking
3rd
out of 32 in Streaming Analytics
Views
5,444
Comparisons
4,895
Reviews
9
Average Words per Review
1,229
Rating
8.4
8th
out of 32 in Streaming Analytics
Views
4,299
Comparisons
4,132
Reviews
1
Average Words per Review
410
Rating
8.0
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Also Known As
Amazon AWS Kinesis, AWS Kinesis, Kinesis
Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka
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Overview

Amazon Kinesis makes it easy to collect, process, and analyze real-time, streaming data so you can get timely insights and react quickly to new information. Amazon Kinesis offers key capabilities to cost-effectively process streaming data at any scale, along with the flexibility to choose the tools that best suit the requirements of your application. With Amazon Kinesis, you can ingest real-time data such as video, audio, application logs, website clickstreams, and IoT telemetry data for machine learning, analytics, and other applications. Amazon Kinesis enables you to process and analyze data as it arrives and respond instantly instead of having to wait until all your data is collected before the processing can begin.

Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) is a fully managed service that enables you to build and run applications that use Apache Kafka to process streaming data. Amazon MSK provides the control-plane operations, such as those for creating, updating, and deleting clusters.

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Sample Customers
Zillow, Netflix, Sonos
Expedia, Intuit, Royal Dutch Shell, Brooks Brothers
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Media Company22%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Media Company17%
Financial Services Firm9%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise43%
Large Enterprise14%
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Amazon Kinesis is ranked 3rd in Streaming Analytics with 9 reviews while Amazon MSK is ranked 8th in Streaming Analytics with 1 review. Amazon Kinesis is rated 8.4, while Amazon MSK is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Amazon Kinesis writes "Easily replay your streaming data with this reliable solution". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Amazon MSK writes "Allows you to build and run applications easily". Amazon Kinesis is most compared with Apache Spark Streaming, Apache Flink, Google Cloud Dataflow, Confluent and Databricks, whereas Amazon MSK is most compared with Confluent, Azure Stream Analytics, Google Cloud Dataflow, Apache Flink and Apache Spark Streaming.

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