For the last several years, Elastic has offered a range of analytics and visualization tools to go with its open source search engine. Today, it announced it was pulling those pieces together into an integrated stack.
The new product known as Elastic Stack includes all of the companies products: Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash and Beats. It’s available for download or as part of the Elastic Cloud for those who would prefer a cloud service.
Elastic has been making waves by being a different kind of search company. First of all, it’s open source, so all of the core tools are available to download for free. You can also buy more advanced tools if you are so inclined, what they call commercial extensions for the products. In addition, the company’s products come packaged as cloud services for those folks who don’t want to deal with the heavy lifting of hosting.
Those commercial extensions known as X-Packs provide additional capabilities including security, graphing, monitoring, alerting and reporting.
The release of Elastic Stack, which also is release 5.0 for those keeping score at home, provides easier ways to connect the different pieces of the product family than in the past when they acted as five separate products with different release cycles.
To that end, starting today all of the products in the family are also on the same release schedule making it a simpler matter for customers using more than one product in the stack to keep all of them updated.