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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

Building the Logstash data pipeline

Having set up the mechanism to automatically create the Elasticsearch index and the metadata database, we can now focus on building the data pipeline using Logstash. What should our data pipeline do? It should perform the following steps:

  • Accept JSON requests over the web (over HTTP).
  • Enrich the JSON with the metadata we have in the MySQL database.
  • Store the resulting documents in Elasticsearch.

These three main functions that we want to perform correspond exactly with the Logstash data pipeline's input, filter, and output plugins, respectively. The full Logstash configuration file for this data pipeline is in the code base at

Let us look at how to achieve the end goal of our data pipeline by following the aforementioned steps...