Similar to some of the technologies that we have covered in this book, an ELK stack really deserves a book by itself; in fact, there are books for each of the elements that make an ELK stack, these elements are:
- Elasticsearch is a powerful search server, which has been developed with modern workloads in mind
- Logstash sits between your data source and Elasticsearch services; it transforms your data in real time to a format, which Elasticsearch can understand.
- Kibana is in front of your Elasticsearch services and allows you to query your data in a feature-rich web-based dashboard.
There are a lot of moving parts with an ELK stack, so to simplify things, we will use a prebuilt stack for the purpose of testing; however, you probably don't want ...