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AWS launches Open Distro for Elasticsearch, an Apache 2.0-licensed distribution of Elasticsearch

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
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It is evident that Elasticsearch has become quite a trend and AWS could not miss the party! AWS releases Open Distro for Elasticsearch, an Apache 2.0-licensed distribution of Elasticsearch enhanced with enterprise security, alerting, SQL, and more. Let’s have a look.

Elasticsearch is undeniably gaining momentum, becoming an essential technology for log analytics and search.

Following the trend, AWS launches Open Distro for Elasticsearch, an Apache 2.0-licensed distribution of Elasticsearch enhanced with enterprise security, alerting, SQL, and Performance Analyzer.

Let’s have a closer look at its features.

The features

Enterprise-grade security – Gives you a comprehensive set of features to help you keep your data secure and stay compliant with regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, PCI, and ISO. Whether you want to encrypt data in-transit, authenticate users against Active Directory, use Kerberos or JSON web tokens for single sign-on (SSO), or monitor and log any malicious access attempts, Open Distro for Elasticsearch has the tools to help you.

Monitor and receive alerts on your data – Enables you to monitor your data and send alert notifications automatically to your stakeholders. With an intuitive Kibana interface and a powerful API, it is easy to set up, manage, and monitor your alerts. Craft highly specific alert conditions using Elasticsearch’s full query language and scripting capabilities.

Query data with SQL – Enables you to extract insights out of Elasticsearch using the familiar SQL query syntax. Use aggregations, group by, and where clauses to investigate your data. Read your data as JSON documents or CSV tables so you have the flexibility to use the format that works best for you.

Performance Analyzer – Get deep visibility into system bottlenecks alongside detailed network, disk, and operating system stats, even when Elasticsearch is under duress. Here’s what Performance Analyzer provides:

  • A powerful REST API for querying Elasticsearch metrics including consumption of network, disk, and operating system resources.
  • Runs independent of your Elasticsearch cluster, ensuring that you can still perform diagnostics and resolve issues, even if your cluster is under duress.
  • Supports over 60 metrics across 10 dimensions providing unprecedented instrumentation of your cluster health.
  • You can use PerfTop CLI to interact with Performance Analyzer. The PerfTop CLI provides pre-configured dashboards for analyzing cluster, node, shard performance, and more. Download the PerfTop CLI here.

Head over to the official documentation for more information on Open Distro’s features.

SEE ALSO: GitHub releases Golang library for Elasticsearch – Meet Vulcanizer a focused Go API

Getting started

If you are looking to get started, you can find the Docker images and RPM files available for download for the Elasticsearch and Kibana packages as well as the SQL JDBC driver and Performance Analyzer client, PerfTop.

Check out the installation guide for more information.

Author
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou is the editor for JAXenter.com. Coming from an academic background in East Asian Studies, she decided that it was time to go back to her high-school hobby that was computer science and she dived into the development world. Other hobbies include esports and League of Legends, although she never managed to escape elo hell (yet), and she is a guest writer/analyst for competitive LoL at TGH.

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