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Getting Started with Elastic Stack 8.0

By : Asjad Athick
Book Image

Getting Started with Elastic Stack 8.0

By: Asjad Athick

Overview of this book

The Elastic Stack helps you work with massive volumes of data to power use cases in the search, observability, and security solution areas. This three-part book starts with an introduction to the Elastic Stack with high-level commentary on the solutions the stack can be leveraged for. The second section focuses on each core component, giving you a detailed understanding of the component and the role it plays. You’ll start by working with Elasticsearch to ingest, search, analyze, and store data for your use cases. Next, you’ll look at Logstash, Beats, and Elastic Agent as components that can collect, transform, and load data. Later chapters help you use Kibana as an interface to consume Elastic solutions and interact with data on Elasticsearch. The last section explores the three main use cases offered on top of the Elastic Stack. You’ll start with a full-text search and look at real-world outcomes powered by search capabilities. Furthermore, you’ll learn how the stack can be used to monitor and observe large and complex IT environments. Finally, you’ll understand how to detect, prevent, and respond to security threats across your environment. The book ends by highlighting architecture best practices for successful Elastic Stack deployments. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to implement the Elastic Stack and derive value from it.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Section 1: Core Components
Section 2: Working with the Elastic Stack
Section 3: Building Solutions with the Elastic Stack

Technical requirements

This chapter dives into the setup and configuration process for Elastic Agent and Fleet Server for continuously onboarding and managing data sources in Elastic Stack. The following requirements should be considered if you wish to follow along with some of the examples in this chapter, depending on your preference.

If you prefer setting up a standalone Elastic Stack deployment with Fleet Server and Elastic Agent, you will require access to a cloud or virtualization platform to provision at least two virtual machines. The first machine will be used to deploy Elasticsearch, Kibana, and Fleet. The second machine will be used to deploy a web server running Nginx and Elastic Agent to collect data.

Alternatively, you can use Elastic Cloud to provision and orchestrate an Elastic Stack deployment with Fleet enabled. You will still require a virtual machine to deploy the web server and an instance of Elastic Agent to configure data collection.

This chapter reuses...