Key concepts and terms

There are some basic concepts you can get to know better before configuring DataStream 2 for your property.

Here we provide a short list of terms used throughout the DataStream 2 application, API, and this user guide:

  • DataStream. The solution that lets you log traffic data and metrics for your ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč property with low latency. You can configure your stream to send raw data to a destination of your choice for storage and analytics, or integrate it with third-party web services or your own solution. You can use the DataStream application in the ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč Control Center and the DataStream API.

  • DataStream 2. The new instance of the DataStream application, designed to scale and support data delivery on the ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč platform. Going beyond the limitations of DataStream 1, it offers even lower latency, new data set parameters to monitor, destinations to send logs, and other new features. See the DataStream migration guide if you want to migrate to DataStream 2.

  • Stream. Collects log data on edge request-response cycles for up to 100 properties per stream. It also bundles logs and sends them to a destination of your choice every 30 or 60 seconds, depending on the push frequency you choose.

  • Log. Traffic data and metrics on individual edge request-response cycles for your property on the ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč platform. DataStream bundles raw logs as JSON or structured (space-delimited) files and sends them to the destination of your choice. You can use log data to monitor the performance and behavior on your property, troubleshoot incidents, and improved security.

  • Data set. A pre-defined set of metrics that you can monitor in your stream, such as the request and response details, performance, and security data. You can also choose data set fields related to other ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč products, such as EdgeWorkers. When creating or editing a stream, you can choose and omit which data set fields you want to log and stream to a destination. See Data set parameters for the complete list of data set fields you can log in DataStream 2.

  • Destination. The target location where DataStream can send bundled log files for storage or advanced analytics. Choose a destination for each stream you create from Amazon S3, Azure Storage, Datadog, Elasticsearch, Google Cloud Storage, Loggly, New Relic, Oracle Cloud, Splunk, Sumo Logic, or a custom HTTPS endpoint. For some destinations, you can also use Akamaized hostnames as endpoints for improved security. In DataStream 1, you may have known destinations as connectors. See Stream logs to a destination for more details and features available for each destination.

  • Property. A configuration for a given hostname that is assigned to an ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč product. Each property can have rules and behaviors that define how they interact with other products and ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč solutions, such as the DataStream behavior. You can monitor up to 100 properties in one stream for products such as Adaptive Media Delivery, API Acceleration, Cloud Wrapper (MultiCDN), Download Delivery, Dynamic Site Accelerator, Dynamic Site Delivery, Ion (Standard, Premier and Media Advanced, including Terra Alta Enterprise), Rich Media Accelerator, Object Delivery, and Web Application Accelerator.