Next-Level Data Management and Storage with ELK Proxy Ingest

    ELK Stack
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    In a world where technology has been growing to the vast extent it has now reached, data storage has become the primary requirement for all services related to technology. Currently, most of the services we experience in real life are controlled over the internet, and moreover, through cloud data management. 

    As important as data storage is, companies have a lot of other things to deal with, including their normal business functions and behind-the-scenes tech management. With cloud services like AWS, companies now need to build quick and agile applications to manage their end-to-end business services.

    With Amazon’s AWS and other cloud services, microservices are now among the most popular architecture helping to short-cut many of the large applications that companies use. They can build a smaller, independent and logical “system within a system,” and avoid a situation that’s hard on their budget. At Sanvada, we offer AWS Workspaces for developers, data migration and automation, as well as high-level data science expertise. 

    With a large amount of control over the code, maintenance and other parameters, microservices made it possible to overcome many legacy problems. But when it comes to distributed log management and the ability to view logs among various services, it has become a challenge because microservices are isolated and do not share log files and a common database.

    What is the ELK Stack?

    In cloud-based environments, the performance of virtual machines varies depending on various parameters. The above-mentioned challenge can be overcome with the popular tool, ELK stack, thanks to its open-source availability. 

    Short for Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana, ELK is used to search, analyze, and visualize log data in real time. Any log management platform can analyze the function of virtual machines. It can process operating system logs, NGINX, application logs, and logs in AWS.

    For example, in the working environment of a company, logs of different functionalities have always existed and are growing rapidly. In these situations, centralised log management like ELK stack is extremely useful for monitoring the performance and other aspects of systems. 

    Importantly, ELK has a simple interface that lets you find what you are looking for. With Kibana, exploring data is much more immersive, with next-level visualisations that include histograms, line graphs, and pie charts. You can also custom-design these visualisations. 

    With the help of Logstash, data can be streamlined and accepted via different sources. All in all, data analysis goes a long way to helping businesses. Companies like Netflix, LinkedIn, and Medium all use ELK stack to monitor and analyse their data, including indexing, searching, storing of the same.

    How Does ELK Stack Work?

    ELK stack’s functionalities allow you to search all your logs in a single place. The tool also helps you to find issues that occur in multiple servers by encapsulating logs in a specific period. 

    Elasticsearch, a NoSQL datastore based on the Lucene search index, is constructed from RESTful APIs and allows you to store and index any kind of heterogeneous data. 

    Logstash, consisting of Input, Filters, and Output components, is a data collection pipeline tool that loads the data into Elasticsearch. 

    Kibana is used to perform searches on the data of different types and visualizes data through a user interfaces. 

    Altogether, these three open-source products form an ELK stack⁠—a log management tool for cloud-based system services.

    How ELK Stack Works with Other Tools

    These ELK stacks can be found bundled with various other tools in a developer’s platforms, such as GitHub. Here at Sanvada, we strive to bring you the best of these open source projects to deploy easily in your particular environment.  

    One such option is the ELK Proxy Ingest, which is a standalone one-node ELK cluster that can be used in virtual environments. It comes with Elasticsearch OpenDistro, Kibana OpenDistro, OpenSSL, NGINX, Git, Ansible, and other optional software installed. It has its own set of advantages, like the fact that you can use ingest node if you want to do any extra processing on your data without pushing Logstash to its limits.

    This ELK Proxy Ingest is a platform agnostic which means it can be run anywhere that CentOS runs. And it comes as open source with Apache License 2.0, which means you can customize it to your preference. It has built-in proxy, mitigates risk, and increases conformity using the developer’s ELK stack. With Kibana and Elasticsearch powered by OpenDistro, it makes sure of additional security, Wipe, audit, and clean scripts including automated services like network configurations and SSL key pair and setup.

    Benefits:

    Platform Agnostic – Because this is built from RPMs and system utils, the source code will work anywhere CentOS that runs.

    Open Source – Apache License 2.0.

    All Data can be encrypted at rest and in transit, automatically.

    Auditing provides for SecOps continuity.

    Proxy – Mitigate Risk and increase Compliance using our AN-ELK Stacks.

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