The Elastic Cloud helps you gain insights and traction in your technology investment. Through a suite of SaaS products, you’re able to get access to data, analytics, and logging that otherwise would cost tons. We bake it into almost every platform we build. Why? Because it’s simply the best bang for your buck.
What is Elastic?
Elastic is a company offering a suite of open-source software for data collection, reporting, searching, and analytics. They also create solutions for monitoring infrastructure security, among others.
The ELK Stack
Elastic started focused on data aggregation and analytics before branching into new fields. You may have heard of the ELK Stack, or have heard people refer to one of the three components: Elasticsearch, Logstash, or Kibana.
These products are at the core of what Elastic builds, and were the original offering. The ELK stack allows you to ingest data in huge volumes, and then search over it with millisecond result times. We’ve got indexes in the ELK stack holding over 1 billion records and search is still lightning fast.
Elastic Observability is a newer product from Elastic, focused on the data around how a system is running. Slow requests, troublesome SQL queries, and non-normal program terminations are some of the things you can find with Elastic Observability.
Elastic Security is built to analyze and help you de-risk your cloud infrastructure against with offerings such as SIEM, malware prevention, and threat hunting. Build on the Elastic stack, Elastic Security is made to scale as your enterprise grows.
Elasticsearch started out as a product for, well….search. Modern companies have a mountain of data, spread across dozens or even hundreds of systems. Getting a grip on organization data with Enterprise Search, or adding an Elasticsearch backed custom search to your applications ensures you have best in class search capabilities for your internal users and clients. We help clients organize their data, plan for how users will search that data, and ultimately discover how to get the most value out of their software through accurate and performant search.
The Elastic Stack has a wealth of features that can help your organization make sense of data from hundreds of different sources, but one of the most important questions is, how does the data get into Elasticsearch? We’ve helped clients answer this question by showing them how to use the provided data shippers, called Beats, from Elastic as well as by building custom data shippers from data sources not directly supported yet. Understanding how data flows into Elasticsearch, what happens when things go wrong, how to handle back pressure, and other challenges is what separates a successful implementation from a failed one.
Having all of your organizations data gathered together and organized is great, but it’s what you do with that data that sets you apart from your competition and gives you the decision making power to grow effectively. A core part of the Elastic Stack is Kibana, a business intelligence dashboard and management tool for Elasticsearch. Using Kibana, your users get access to real time analytics in secure portal that gives them the insights into their data they always wish they had. Our clients have found success using Kibana’s maps and geolocation features, as well as customized dashboards for real time monitoring and tracking of their organizational data.
Logging and Application Monitoring
With such a powerful tool to collect organizational data, it’s easy to overlook the value of collecting data on your internal applications. The Elastic Stack ships with all the tools necessary to aggregate your internal application logs, and to collect metrics from your applications themselves, collecting all of this data for easy monitoring and analysis in Elasticsearch and Kibana. With APM you can see application errors and enable support and technical staff to resolve issues proactively and more timely than before. In an increasingly distributed infrastructure, our clients find success utilizing both APM and log aggregation with Elasticsearch to give a single source of truth to how applications are behaving when deployed and under active use.
Common Use Cases
Some quick help for determining if Elastic is right for your organization.
We are an Elastic partner, meaning we have dedicated the time and energy to learn the Elastic Stack thoroughly and help our clients manage their implementation of Elasticsearch and it’s related products. Typically this involves infrastructure planning, hosting, application development planning and implementation, and training staff members to utilize Elasticsearch internally. See our pages on cloud migrations or integrations for more information.