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Elasticsearch 5.x Cookbook - Third Edition by Alberto Paro

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Managing your data

If you'll be using Elasticsearch as a search engine or a distributed data store, it's important to understand concepts on how Elasticsearch stores and manages your data.

Getting ready

To work with Elasticsearch data, a user must have basic knowledge of data management and JSON (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JSON) data format that is the lingua franca for working with Elasticsearch data and services.

How it works...

Our main data container is called index (plural indices) and it can be considered similar to a database in the traditional SQL world. In an index, the data is grouped in data types called mappings in Elasticsearch. A mapping describes how the records are composed (fields). Every record, that must be stored in Elasticsearch, ...

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