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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

Downloading and installing Kibana

Just as with other components of the Elastic Stack, downloading and installing Kibana is pretty simple and straightforward.

Navigate to and, depending on your operating system, download the ZIP/TAR file, as shown in the following screenshot:

The Elastic developer community is quite vibrant, and new releases with new features/fixes get released quite often. While you have been reading this book, the latest Kibana version might have changed. The instructions in this book are based on Kibana version 7.0.0. You can click on the past releases link and download version 7.0.0 (kibana-oss) if you want to follow as is, but the instructions/explanations in this book should hold good for any 7.x release.

Kibana is a visualization tool that relies on Elasticsearch for querying data that is used to generate visualizations...