Elastic Stack stretches wider, with Mapping, Uptime and Infrastructure apps


Elastic has bounced out v6.7 of its Elastic Stack, debuting a trio of new apps in the process alongside a raft of updates of the established elements.

Elastic seems particularly excited about the addition of Elastic Maps, which offers mapping, querying, and visualising for geospatial data in Kibana. The feature is in beta right now, but Elastic promises “any number of layers” can be added from a variety of data sources, including docs and grid aggregations from Elasticsearch, files and tiles from the Elastic maps service and self-hosted or third party hosted layers and image services.

Second up, is Uptime, which is based on the Heartbeat open source uptime monitor, which Elastic says was developed in close collaboration with its own SRE team to monitor response time and availability of its own Cloud services.

The Uptime app can be deployed inside and outside the network, to deliver service and uptime data from multiple vantage points, which is then viewed and analysed in the Uptime app in Kibana, and alerts can be created using Watcher. Elastic promises additional capabilities for managing and configuring monitors in future releases.

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The third new app is Elastic Infrastructure, which it describes as a “turnkey solution for monitoring infrastructure metrics using the Elastic Stack.” This first appeared in 6.5 as a beta.

According to Elastic the app “works in concert” with open source metrics shipper MetricBeat “to provide an easy way to see a high-level view of hosts and containers in the context of key metrics coming from these infrastructure components.”

Away from these additions, Elastic Search has a number of features moving from beta to general availability, including Cross Cluster Replication, Index Lifecycle Management, and ElasticSearch SQL.

On Elastic’s data visualisation tool, Kibana, the Canvas data presentation tool has moved to GA, promising to “elevate the visual storytelling in Kibana to new heights”. Kibana also gets its first localization, in the shape of Simplified Chinese.

In Elastic’s Beats family of data shippers, the serverless oriented Functionbeat is now GA, and adds support for Kinesis, alongside AWS Cloudwatch and SQS. The Logs and Infrastructure features introduced in v6.5 also move to GA.

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