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Learning Elastic Stack 7.0 - Second Edition

By : Pranav Shukla, Sharath Kumar M N
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Learning Elastic Stack 7.0 - Second Edition

By: Pranav Shukla, Sharath Kumar M N

Overview of this book

The Elastic Stack is a powerful combination of tools that help in performing distributed search, analytics, logging, and visualization of data. Elastic Stack 7.0 encompasses new features and capabilities that will enable you to find unique insights into analytics using these techniques. This book will give you a fundamental understanding of what the stack is all about, and guide you in using it efficiently to build powerful real-time data processing applications. The first few sections of the book will help you understand how to set up the stack by installing tools and exploring their basic configurations. You’ll then get up to speed with using Elasticsearch for distributed search and analytics, Logstash for logging, and Kibana for data visualization. As you work through the book, you will discover the technique of creating custom plugins using Kibana and Beats. This is followed by coverage of the Elastic X-Pack, a useful extension for effective security and monitoring. You’ll also find helpful tips on how to use Elastic Cloud and deploy Elastic Stack in production environments. By the end of this book, you’ll be well-versed with fundamental Elastic Stack functionalities and the role of each component in the stack to solve different data processing problems.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
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Section 1: Introduction to Elastic Stack and Elasticsearch
Section 2: Analytics and Visualizing Data
Section 3: Elastic Stack Extensions
Section 4: Production and Server Infrastructure

Installing Elasticsearch and Kibana with X-Pack

Prior to Elastic 6.3, X-Pack was an extension of Elastic Stack that could have been installed on top of Elasticsearch or Kibana. Now, Elasticsearch and Kibana come in two flavors:

  • OSS version, that is, Apache 2.0License
  • Elastic license

If X-Pack isn't available with the OSS version, then you have to download Elasticsearch and Kibana with the Elastic license. When you download Elasticsearch or Kibana with the Elastic license, all the basic features are available for free by default. The paid features can be used as a trial for 30 days; post that time period, a license has to be bought.

To see a list of all the features that are available for free and the features that are paid, go to