Data Streaming

What Does Data Streaming Mean?

Data streaming is the process of transferring a stream of data from one place to another, to a sender and recipient or through some network trajectory. Data streaming is applied in multiple ways with various protocols and tools that help provide security, efficient delivery and other data results.


Techopedia Explains Data Streaming

Data streaming methods are central to technologies like the Internet, 3G and 4G wireless systems for mobile devices, as well as data handling for business processes in corporate networks. Administrators typically employ precise methods and processes to monitor data streaming and ensure effectiveness and maximum security.

An element of data streaming is the data packet approach, which is often used in larger networks. Here, data is distributed in packets with additional identifiers to help senders and receivers interpret the transacted data sets. Other types of information attached to data packets can help with authentication, where data streams are scrutinized for sender identity and other attributes to provide better security.

Another important data streaming tool is the use of streaming algorithms, which work to identify data as a sequential set via various smart processes that are used to build detailed reports from specific sample amounts of data. The idea is that because data streaming records work on principles of probability, a sample survey of data can be used to construct a probable result.


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