Getting Started with Beats

Beats are a family of lightweight shippers that send data from edge machines to Elasticsearch. It all started with Packetbeat - you know, for network data. Then expanded to five additional Elastic Beats for: log files, metrics, audit data, windows event logs, and availability monitoring. And there are more than 40 community-created Beats for all kinds of operational data.

In this session, the Beats team will walk you through the latest Beats and their features, including:

  • Monitoring your infrastructure with Filebeat and Metricbeat
  • Keeping tabs via the Linux audit system and file integrity monitoring with Auditbeat
  • Collecting data from Docker and Kubernetes with our improvements for containerization and new modules in Metricbeat and Filebeat


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Andrew Kroh

Andrew is one of the core developers on the Beats project at Elastic. Before joining Elastic he spent eight years working as a software engineer at The Boeing Company. He is an active participant on the Elastic Discuss forums and StackOverflow.

Brandon Mensing

Brandon manages a variety of cross-product initiatives. Prior to Elastic, he worked at Sumo Logic and Basis Technology. His wide range of interests and background include NLP, ML, AI, robotics, bioinformatics and all things data.

Carlos Pérez-Aradros

Carlos is a Software Engineer at Elastic, working on Beats. With love for distributed systems, he has experience in many container technologies and focuses on bringing the right tools to monitor them. When he is not coding you may find him playing with home automation and all kinds of gadgets.

Tudor Golubenco

Tudor Golubenco is the co-creator of Beats. Prior to creating Beats, he was CTO of IPTEGO, a company building monitoring software for the telecom industry. As IPTEGO was acquired, he also served as software architect and senior manager in Acme Packet and then Oracle. He enjoys writing code in Go, C, Python, JavaScript, and others.