New Amazon Elasticsearch Service
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Thursday, 15 October 2015

 Amazon has announced a fully managed Elasticsearch service, allowing AWS users to launch a scalable Elasticsearch cluster from their AWS Management Consoles.  


The addition of an Elasticsearch Service is interesting because of the way it strengthens the AWS options for search and analysis. While some developers were using Elasticsearch on data in AWS, this is an ‘official’ service. Elasticsearch is a real-time, distributed search and analytics engine that supports schema-free JSON documents. It can be used for structured, unstructured, and time-series queries, and is important for a variety of applications and visualization tools including Kibana, Elastic’s analytics and visualization platform.

The new Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES for short) lets you launch a scalable Elasticsearch cluster from the AWS Management Console, point your client at the cluster’s endpoint, and start to load, process, analyze, and visualize data.

You can create and manage Amazon ES domains using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell, or the Amazon Elasticsearch Service API.

Amazon ES automatically takes a snapshot of your cluster every day and stores it durably for 14 days. If you need to restore a cluster, Amazon will do it for you from a stored backup. You can also use the Elasticsearch Snapshot API to take a snapshot of your cluster and store it in your S3 bucket or restore an Elasticsearch snapshot (Amazon ES or self-managed) to an Amazon ES cluster from your S3 bucket.

The service can be used to scale your cluster via a single API call or a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, and you get direct access to the Elasticsearch open-source API. This means that code and applications from existing Elasticsearch environments should work seamlessly.

If you qualify for the AWS Free Tier, you can use a t2.micro.elasticsearch node for up to 750 hours per month, along with up to 10 gigabytes of Magnetic or SSD-Backed EBS storage at no charge.

There’s a useful write-up on setting up and using a domain by Jeff Barr on the Amazon official blog and in a webinar on October 27th at 19:00 GMT Pravin Pillai,  Senior Product Manager for AWS& will walk through how to launch a fully functional Amazon Elasticsearch domain, load your data, and analyze it using the built-in Kibana integration. He will also cover the CloudWatch Logs integration, which enables you to have your log data, such as VPC logs, automatically loaded into your Amazon Elasticsearch domain for analysis and exploration.



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