Chapter 6. Data Delivery and Visualization

Chapter 2 discusses collecting real-time data, and the different techniques that you can use to obtain streaming data from different sources. This chapter looks at the opposite of that: now that you have your streaming data, where do you put it?

Generally, when starting to work with streaming data, businesses have a specific problem – or problems – to solve. This means the target, or where the data will be placed, is top of mind from the beginning. Which target you choose and the way that target will solve the specific problems you face will be very different depending on the particular use case.

Certain technologies are better suited for real-time applications. They’re superior at gaining insights from data as it flows in. Others are better suited for long-term storage and then, downstream, to perform large-scale analytics. Still others, instead of delivering data into some ultimate location, make it possible to get immediate insights by performing processing or analytics within the streaming integration platform.

In this chapter, we talk about streaming data targets: databases, files, Hadoop or other big data technologies, and messaging systems, among others. We also investigate the prevalence of cloud services and how moving to the cloud can alter the way you use target technologies. This latter point is very important given that the majority of businesses have already begun their transition to the cloud.

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