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Learning Elastic Stack 7.0 - Second Edition

By : Pranav Shukla, Sharath Kumar M N
Book Image

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)
Free Chapter
1
Section 1: Introduction to Elastic Stack and Elasticsearch
4
Section 2: Analytics and Visualizing Data
10
Section 3: Elastic Stack Extensions
12
Section 4: Production and Server Infrastructure

Creating indexes and taking control of mapping

In the previous section, we learned how to perform CRUD operations with Elasticsearch. In the process, we saw how indexing the first document to an index that doesn't yet exist, results in the creation of the new index and the mapping of the type.

Usually, you wouldn't want to let things happen automatically, as you would want to control how indexes are created and also how mapping is created. We will see how you can take control of this process in this section and we will look at the following:

  • Creating an index
  • Creating a mapping
  • Updating a mapping

Creating an index

You can create an index and specify the number of shards and replicas to create:

PUT /catalog
{
...