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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

Use cases of Elastic Stack

Elastic Stack components have a variety of practical use cases, and new use cases are emerging as more plugins are added to existing components. As mentioned earlier, you may use a subset of the components for your use case. The following list of example use cases is by no means exhaustive, but highlights some of the most common ones:

  • Log and security analytics
  • Product search
  • Metrics analytics
  • Web searches and website searches

Let's look at each use case.

Log and security analytics

The Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana trio was, previously, very popular as a stack. The presence of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana (also known as ELK) makes the Elastic Stack an excellent stack for aggregating...