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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

Deployment architecture

The following diagram depicts the commonly used Elastic Stack deployment architecture:

This diagram depicts three possible architectures:

  • Ship the operation metrics directly to Elasticsearch: As seen in the preceding diagram, you will install various types of Beats, such as Metricbeat, Filebeat, Packetbeat, and so on, on the edge servers from which you would like to ship the operation metrics/logs. If no further processing is required, then the generated events can be shipped directly to the Elasticsearch cluster. Once the data is present in Elasticsearch, it can then be visualized/analyzed using Kibana. In this architecture, the flow of events would be Beats → Elasticsearch → Kibana.
  • Ship the operation metrics to Logstash: The operation metrics/logs that are captured by Beats and installed on edge servers is sent to Logstash for further...