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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

Analytics with Elasticsearch

On our journey of learning about Elastic Stack 7.0, we have gained a strong understanding of Elasticsearch. We learned about the strong foundations of Elasticsearch in the previous two chapters and gained an in-depth understanding of its search use cases.

The underlying technology, Apache Lucene, was originally developed for text search use cases. Due to innovations in Apache Lucene and additional innovations in Elasticsearch, it has also emerged as a very powerful analytics engine. In this chapter, we will look at how Elasticsearch can serve as our analytics engine. We will cover the following topics:

  • The basics of aggregations
  • Preparing data for analysis
  • Metric aggregations
  • Bucket aggregations
  • Pipeline aggregations

We will learn about all of this by using a real-world dataset. Let's start by looking at the basics of aggregations.