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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

Chapter 2: Installing and Running the Elastic Stack

Now that you know about the core components of the Elastic Stack and what they do, it is time to get them installed and running. As described in the previous chapter, there are a few options available to orchestrate the stack. All core components can be run on multiple platforms (such as Linux, Windows, containers, and so on). This chapter will look at the most common platforms for installation, rather than exhaustively covering all installation options supported by the components.

While it is good to understand how the different installation options work, you can choose your preferred method to run your lab environment to follow along with the examples in future chapters of this book.

In this chapter, we will specifically look at the following:

  • Manual installation of Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash, and Beats
  • Automating the installation of components using Ansible
  • Using Elastic Cloud Enterprise to orchestrate...