April 24, 2018 By Michael Branson 3 min read

Streaming Analytics: New features and new price plans

The Streaming Analytics service in the IBM Cloud is an advanced analytic platform allowing user-developed applications to quickly ingest, analyze, and correlate information as it arrives from a wide variety of real-time data sources. Today, a new version of the service is generally available, providing a set of exciting new features and new set of price plans.

The new version of the service runs on a Kubernetes container-based infrastructure, and provides several new functional enhancements. The new price plans give you access to this enhanced version. (The general availability of the new version ends the beta that was launched on 2/15/2018).

New Features

The following new features are now generally available:

  • Streaming Analytics running on a container-based infrastructure – Containers provide security and availability advantages to Streaming Analytics, and they enable Streams compute resources to be dynamically allocated/returned as-needed when running your Streams applications.

  • Guaranteed tuple processing – The IBM Streams concept of consistent regions is now supported in the IBM Cloud. All instances created under the new price plans have a checkpointing repository pre-configured to support consistent regions. To learn how to exploit consistent regions in your Streams apps, see this introduction to consistent regions.

  • OS upgrade – Streams instances created through the new price plans will run in CentOS 7.4 environments.

  • Identity & Access Management – Instances created under the new price plans use IBM Cloud Identity & Access Management (IAM) to the Streaming Analytics service, enabling you to securely authenticate users and control access to all cloud resources consistently throughout IBM Cloud.

  • Enhanced Streaming Analytics REST API – Instances created with the new price plans use version 2 of the Streaming Analytics REST API, following the structure and conventions consistent other IBM Cloud APIs.

  • Problem determination enhancements in the Streams Console – See Nancy Weir’s post on Streamsdevfor a detailed description of these enhancements.

  • Enhanced performance monitoring from the Streams Console – See Oriana Zambrano Azuaje’s post on Streamsdev for more information about these new capabilities.

  • Integration with Activity Tracker – Streaming Analytics is now integrated with the Activity Tracker service which records user-initiated activities that change the state of a service in the IBM Cloud. Activity tracker can be used to review and visualize what operations have been performed on your services, and to comply with regulatory audit requirements.

  • Improved application resiliency – In the past, Streams app recovery was only supported in instances with two or more application resources. Now, apps running in instances created under a new price plan will be able recover from resource failures even in the case of an instance using a single application resource.

New Price Plans

Seven new price plans have been added. We call these the V2 price plans because instances created with them only support the V2 Streaming Analytics REST API. But they are also distinguished by the set of new features listed in the previous section, i.e. they are container-based, they run in CentOS 7.4, they use IAM, etc. The seven new plans break down as follows:

  • A Lite plan that provides a single, 1-core container.

  • Two Entry plans that use 1-core containers with hourly or monthly billing

  • Two Enhanced plans that use 4-core containers with hourly or monthly billing

  • Two Premium plans that use 16-core containers with hourly or monthly billing

The existing, VM-based price plans are still supported, but as described above, the features and characteristics of the V2 price plans are significantly different than the existing V1 price plans.

Getting Started with the New Service Features

If you have been using one of the plans offered during the recent beta, there is now an equivalent plan that is generally available, as well as a set of more-powerful plans. To get started with one of the new plans:

  1. Visit the Streaming Analytics page in the IBM Cloud catalog and create a Streams instance using one of the V2 price plans.

  2. Run one of our Sample Applications for the new price plans, or develop and run your own Streams app by following our Streaming Analytics Development Guide.

More from Analytics

A new era in BI: Overcoming low adoption to make smart decisions accessible for all

5 min read - Organizations today are both empowered and overwhelmed by data. This paradox lies at the heart of modern business strategy: while there's an unprecedented amount of data available, unlocking actionable insights requires more than access to numbers. The push to enhance productivity, use resources wisely, and boost sustainability through data-driven decision-making is stronger than ever. Yet, the low adoption rates of business intelligence (BI) tools present a significant hurdle. According to Gartner, although the number of employees that use analytics and…

VeloxCon 2024: Innovation in data management

3 min read - VeloxCon 2024, the premier developer conference that is dedicated to the Velox open-source project, brought together industry leaders, engineers, and enthusiasts to explore the latest advancements and collaborative efforts shaping the future of data management. Hosted by IBM® in partnership with Meta, VeloxCon showcased the latest innovation in Velox including project roadmap, Prestissimo (Presto-on-Velox), Gluten (Spark-on-Velox), hardware acceleration, and much more. An overview of Velox Velox is a unified execution engine that is built and open-sourced by Meta, aimed at…

How the Recording Academy uses IBM watsonx to enhance the fan experience at the GRAMMYs®

3 min read - Through the GRAMMYs®, the Recording Academy® seeks to recognize excellence in the recording arts and sciences and ensure that music remains an indelible part of our culture. When the world’s top recording stars cross the red carpet at the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards, IBM will be there once again. This year, the business challenge facing the GRAMMYs paralleled those of other iconic cultural sports and entertainment events: in today’s highly fragmented media landscape, creating cultural impact means driving captivating content…

IBM Newsletters

Get our newsletters and topic updates that deliver the latest thought leadership and insights on emerging trends.
Subscribe now More newsletters