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Amazon Cognito vs Amazon Kinesis: What are the differences?

What is Amazon Cognito? Securely manage and synchronize app data for your users across their mobile devices. You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline.

What is Amazon Kinesis? Store and process terabytes of data each hour from hundreds of thousands of sources. Amazon Kinesis can collect and process hundreds of gigabytes of data per second from hundreds of thousands of sources, allowing you to easily write applications that process information in real-time, from sources such as web site click-streams, marketing and financial information, manufacturing instrumentation and social media, and operational logs and metering data.

Amazon Cognito can be classified as a tool in the "User Management and Authentication" category, while Amazon Kinesis is grouped under "Real-time Data Processing".

Some of the features offered by Amazon Cognito are:

  • Manage Unique Identities
  • Work Offline
  • Store and Sync across Devices

On the other hand, Amazon Kinesis provides the following key features:

  • Real-time Processing- Amazon Kinesis enables you to collect and analyze information in real-time, allowing you to answer questions about the current state of your data, from inventory levels to stock trade frequencies, rather than having to wait for an out-of-date report.
  • Easy to use- You can create a new stream, set the throughput requirements, and start streaming data quickly and easily. Amazon Kinesis automatically provisions and manages the storage required to reliably and durably collect your data stream.
  • High throughput. Elastic.- Amazon Kinesis seamlessly scales to match the data throughput rate and volume of your data, from megabytes to terabytes per hour. Amazon Kinesis will scale up or down based on your needs.

Instacart, Lyft, and Zillow are some of the popular companies that use Amazon Kinesis, whereas Amazon Cognito is used by Sendhelper Pte Ltd, Strain Merchant, and ChromaDex. Amazon Kinesis has a broader approval, being mentioned in 132 company stacks & 25 developers stacks; compared to Amazon Cognito, which is listed in 41 company stacks and 13 developer stacks.

Decisions about Amazon Cognito and Amazon Kinesis
Brent Maxwell
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I started our team on Amazon Cognito because I was a Solutions Architect at AWS and found it really easy to follow the tutorials and get a basic app up and running with it.

When our team started working with it, they very quickly became frustrated because of the poor documentation. After 4 days of trying to get all the basic passwordless auth working, our lead engineer made the decision to abandon it and try Auth0... and managed to get everything implemented in 4 hours.

The consensus was that Cognito just isn't mature enough or well-documented, and that the implementation does not cater for real world use cases the way that it should. I believe Amplify has made some of this simpler, but I would still recommend Auth0 as it's been bulletproof for us, and is a sensible price.

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Pros of Amazon Cognito
Pros of Amazon Kinesis
  • 14
    Backed by Amazon
  • 7
    Manage Unique Identities
  • 3
    Work Offline
  • 3
    MFA
  • 2
    Store and Sync
  • 1
    It works
  • 1
    Integrate with Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, SAML
  • 1
    SDKs and code samples
  • 1
    Free for first 50000 users
  • 7
    Scalable
  • 4
    Cons

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Cons of Amazon Cognito
Cons of Amazon Kinesis
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    Massive Pain to get working
  • 2
    Login-UI sparsely customizable (e.g. no translation)
  • 2
    Documentation often out of date
  • 1
    MFA: there is no "forget device" function
  • 1
    Hard to find expiration times for tokens/codes
  • 1
    Lacks many basic features
  • 1
    There is no "Logout" method in the API
  • 1
    No recovery codes for MFA
  • 1
    Difficult to customize (basic-pack is more than humble)
  • 1
    Only paid support
  • 1
    Docs are vast but mostly useless
  • 2
    Cost

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What is Amazon Cognito?

You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline.

What is Amazon Kinesis?

Amazon Kinesis can collect and process hundreds of gigabytes of data per second from hundreds of thousands of sources, allowing you to easily write applications that process information in real-time, from sources such as web site click-streams, marketing and financial information, manufacturing instrumentation and social media, and operational logs and metering data.

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