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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

Architecting workloads on Elastic Stack

As we discussed in the first few chapters of this book, Elastic Stack consists of several fundamental components that work together to handle your big data workloads and solve use cases in the different solution areas. Given each component is run independently, there is a great deal of flexibility in how the stack is deployed and configured. The architecture for your solution comes down to the requirements or constraints you need to consider for your environment.

When you think about the architecture for Elastic Stack, it makes sense to categorize the core components into layers, as shown in the following diagram:

Figure 13.1 – Elastic Stack components in layers

Solution architects generally consider several key architecture principles or best practices when putting together the design for a mission-critical platform. As with most things in IT, not all of these are black and white requirements, and it is important...