Amazon Kinesis


  • Access credentials
  • Data stream on AWS Kinesis

Create new Amazon Kinesis Connection

Create new Amazon Kinesis Data Stream connection


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In Figure 3:

  • Connection Name (required): The name to identify this connection, such as Kinesis Sample Read Connection.
  • Region Name (required): The region name, such as us-west-1.
  • Optional IAM Role ARN: Optional IAM role to assume.
  • Requires Credentials (required): Automatically checked, as credentials are required for Kinesis Data Streams
  • Choose Credentials (required): Credentials to use for connecting to AWS Kinesis. You can choose to create new credentials or use/edit existing AWS credentials.

Creating Credentials

If you chose to create new credentials, you will need to provide:

  • Credential Name (required): The name to identify this credential.
  • Credential Type (required): Automatically selected to be Amazon Kinesis Data Streams.
  • AWS Access Key ID (required): The AWS Access Key associated with your AWS account.
  • AWS Secret Access Key (required): The Secret Key associated with the above mentioned Access Key.

Check out our blog post to learn more about credentials in Ascend.


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You can also choose to edit existing credentials by clicking the EDIT button next to each credential. (Figure 5)


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In order to establish a connection and read in records from a Kinesis Data Stream, the IAM user must have access to perform the following actions on the data stream:

  • kinesis:GetShardIterator
  • kinesis:GetRecords
  • kinesis:ListStreams
  • kinesis:ListShards
  • kinesis:DescribeStreamSummary
    Here's an example policy configuration for an IAM user to create a read connector for the data stream kinesis:us-west-1:1234567890:stream/StockTradeData:
    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Sid": "VisualEditor0",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "arn:aws:kinesis:us-west-1:1234567890:stream/StockTradeData"
            "Sid": "VisualEditor1",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "*"
            "Sid": "VisualEditor2",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": "kinesis:DescribeStreamSummary",
            "Resource": "arn:aws:kinesis:us-west-1:1234567890:stream/StockTradeData"

Testing and Creating the Connection

(Figure 6) Use TEST CONNECTION button to check whether all S3 permissions are correctly configured. If ALL PASS, click CREATE.


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