At its core, a streaming database is one that is intended to collect, process and even enrich an incoming data stream in real-time, often right after the data itself is created. Note that this is in contrast to a more traditional Relational Database Management System, also commonly referred to as an RDBMS for short. In that scenario, a database administrator would load data via a series of tools at a predetermined frequency depending on their needs. This can happen weekly or even nightly as the context demands it.
It’s equally important to note that a streaming database is