This Week in Elastic: Shield versions 1.2.1 and 1.1.1 released

Welcome to This Week in Elastic! In this weekly round up post, we bring you news on all aspects of the ELK Stack, including updates on Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana development, tips and tricks and upcoming events.

On today, May 6, at 9am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST

Elastic News

Useful blog posts, how tos, tutorials and articles from the wide world of all the ELK stack ecosystem.

  • Check out our weekly deep dive into the latest developments in Elasticsearch and Apache Lucene. (There's a very nice tidbit in there about how Elasticsearch powers the cloud analytics for the Mars Curiosity Rover, too!)
  • We've also got the The Logstash Lines, our weekly Logstash update. Get some details on the 1.5 RC3 release, plans for RC4 and more!
  • The Kibana team made some amazing improvements to the map visualization last week. Read on to learn about these and other updates in Kurrently in Kibana.
  • Shield versions 1.2.1 and 1.1.1 were released last week. Check out the full details on this bug fix release, which includes a fix that ensure that Disk-based Shard Allocation works correctly on clusters secured by Shield. 
  • We had several plugin releases last week, including: ICU Analysis (v 2.4.3), Japanese (kuromoji) Analysis (v 2.4.3) Phonetic Analysis Plugin (v 2.4.3), Smart Chinese Analysis (v 2.4.4) and Stempel (Polish) Analysis (v 2.4.3). See the release notes for each plugin for full details. The releases bring these plugins to compatibility with Elasticsearch 1.4.5.
  • Hot off the presses: Harlin Brandvold on how the OpenDNS engineering team uses the ELK stack for their log analysis needs. Looks like it's the first post in a series, so stay tuned to their blog for future installments.
  • Mitchell Anicas shared a tutorial on mapping user location with GeoIP and the ELK stack. Excellent in-depth piece, and part four in a series. You can find all of Mitchell's previous tutorials linked from this one. Well worth a read!

Slides and Videos

From last week's meetup at LinkedIn HQ in Mountain View, California

Where to find Us

We'd love to feature all the great Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana presentations and meetups happening worldwide in this section. If you're speaking about the ELK stack or hosting a meetup, let us know!


Samir Bennacer will take the stage at Voxxed Days Algiers to present An Introduction to the ELK Stack. This first ever conference takes place May 23, and Samir's talk is on for 2:00 PM.


The Melbourne Search Users Group will meet up on May 19 for a talk from Movideo: Migrating from Hibernate Search to Elasticsearch. Register now to save your seat. We're pretty sure our very own Mark Walkom will be joining you, too!


The Vienna Elasticsearch Meetup will convene on May 12 to hear from Alexander Reelsen on Elasticsearch Under the Hood. Register now to save your seat.


If you're attending the upcoming Open Stack Summit in Vancouver, make sure to catch the In Search of OpenStack Logs: A Hands-On Workshop session. OpenStack Summit runs May 18-22.

Czech Republic

Our very own Karel Minařík will be on hand for Q&A on Elasticsearch in Prague on May 7. You can RSVP for this talk on Facebook.


  • The Copenhagen Elasticsearch Meetup will get together tonight, May 6, with speakers from Tradeshift, Falcon Social and our very own Honza Kral and Luca Cavanna, Software Engineers at Elastic. Register now to save your seat!
  • The Copenhagen .NET User Group will get together on May 12 to talk Serilog and Elasticsearch in .NET. Register now to save your seat.


The Elasticsearch France Meetup returns to Paris on May 26. Watch this space so you know when we open up RSVPs!


  • The Search Meetup Karlsruhe group will get together tomorrow night to with talks focused on all things Elasticsearch. Register now to save your seat.
  • Our partner firm, Trifork, has organized a Berlin GOTO Night with our very own Pere Urbon addressing Making Sense of Your Data. The GOTO Night takes place on May 13 and registration is free of charge.
  • And because we know you can't get enough of Pere, check out his talk at the May Berlin DevOps Meetup on May 20, where he'll talk Scaling Logstash: A Collection of War Stories. Register now to save your seat.
  • The Stuttgart Elasticsearch Meetup will get together on May 21 to talk Shield: Securing Elasticsearch. Register now to save your seat.
  • The Elastic team will be out in force at Berlin Buzzwords, including 3 talks, a booth on the show floor and a special conference meetup. Stay tuned for more details, but you can register now for the conference. The event runs May 31 - June 3.


We've got dueling meetups in Tel-Aviv Yafo on May 26:

  • Israel AWS User Group: How to Use ELK to Monitor Large-Scale AWS Environments - RSVP
  • Big things are happening hear meetup: Geo Data analytics & Real-world use cases for Elasticsearch - RSVP

The Netherlands

Johan Guldmyr will host a talk on dCache and the ELK stack at the 9th Annual dCache Workshop at 2:20 PM on May 19. The Workshop runs May 18-20 in Amsterdam.


Honza Kral will take the stage at 6:30 PM on May 26 to talk Beyond the Basics with Elasticsearch at the PyWaw Summit. The event runs May 25-26 in Warsaw.


The Merge Lisbon Meetup Group will get together on May 14 to talk about the ELK stack. Register now to hear from our very own Logstash engineering team member João Duarte.


Join Antonio Bonucelli for the next Elasticsearch Barcelona Meetup on May 21, where you'll learn all about Moving to Production with Elasticsearch: Best Practices. Register now to save your seat.


Voxxed Days Istanbul is coming up on May 9. Join David Pilato to learn all about Advanced Search for Your Legacy Application Using Elasticsearch. David takes the stage at 11:30 AM.

United Kingdom

  • Attending Strata + Hadoop World in London? Excellent, so are we! You can get your questions answered at Booth 408 in the exhibits hall, and make sure to catch Costin Leau on Search Evolved: Unraveling Your Data on Thursday, May 7 at 10:55 AM.

Not heading to Strata London? You can still see Costin speak!

For folks in Cardiff, Wales, your welcome to attend our Elasticsearch Meetup hosted at DjangoCon EU. Make sure to pop by the conference to say hello to Honza Kral in the hallway track. DjangoCon EU 2015 runs May 31 - June 5.

United States - East

  • The DevOps and Automation New Jersey Meetup will get together on May 12 to hear from Peter Kim on How to start using the ELK stack to centralize All The Things and gain visibility into your data. RSVP now to save your place.
  • The Elastic Chicago Meetup will convene on May 13 to discuss Performance Tuning for Elasticsearch. Register now to save your place. For folks in Chicago interested in all things .NET, you may also want to join the CNUG User Group meeting on May 20 for an Introduction to the ELK stack.
  • The Detroit Elastic User Group will hold its inaugural meeting on May 27, where Peter Kim will reprise his talk from the DevOps and Automation New Jersey Meetup. Register now to save your seat.

  • United States - West

  • Attending the Open West Conference? You can hear from our very own Aaron Mildenstein and Tyler Langlois on various topics, from starting your career in open source to all things ELK stack. Plus, we'll have a booth on the show floor so you can get all of your questions answered. Open West runs May 7-9 in Orem, Utah.
  • The Orange County MongoDB Users Group will get together on May 7 to talk Elasticsearch and MongoDB. Register now to save your seat.
  • Does your whale need an ELK buddy? Join the Seattle User Group on May 18 to hear all about using Docker together with the ELK stack. Register now to save your seat.
  • Heading to Gluecon? Great, so are we! You can visit us in the exhibits hall to get questions answered throughout the conference, and make sure to check our Aaron Mildenstein's talk: An Introduction to the ELK stack. Gluecon runs May 20-21 in Broomfield, Colorado.
  • If you're not heading to Gluecon but find yourself in Denver, you can still hear from our awesome Gluecon speaker, our newest Developer Advocate, Shaunak Kashyap, and Bitly's engineering team on their Elasticsearch user case. Register now to save your place for the Denver Meetup coming up on May 18!
  • The San Antonio DevOps Meetup will welcome 3 speakers from Elastic on May 27. Register now to hear all about the ELK stack for DevOps, including how we eat our own ELK-food from Elastic's infrastructure team lead.
  • On May 28, the Elasticsearch Dallas Fort Worth Meetup will convene to talk going into Production with Elasticsearch. Register now to save your place.
  • The Kansas City Big Data Meetup will get together for a lunch and learn on Elasticsearch & Data Analysis on May 28. Register now to save your place. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

  • Where to Find You

    PSST! If you're a regular reader, you're thinking of skipping this section. You may even be thinking to yourself, yes of course I will drop a note on Twitter when I am giving a talk on all things ELK. That's awesome, because we'd like to showcase every meetup, conference presentation and workshop on Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana happening worldwide. And now, we've made it even easier for you to get support for your meetup!

    Head on over to  our meetups page! (And we'll still totally send you swag if you're giving a talk on anything ELKy at a conference.)

    Oh yeah, we're also  hiring. If you'd like us to find you for employment purposes, just drop us a note. We care more about your skill set and passion for Elasticsearch, Kibana, and Logstash than where you rest your head.


    If you are interested in Elasticsearch training we have courses taught by our core developers coming up in:

    • Mountain View - May 12, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
    • Paris - May 8, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Mountain View - May 15, 2015 (Elasticsearch Operations - new course)
    • Denver - May 18, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Southwest Washington DC - May 19, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Vancouver - May 20, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Bangalore - May 25, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
    • Paris - May 26, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
    • Bangalore - May 26, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Miami - May 27, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Paris - May 27, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Sao Paulo - June 2, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
    • Sao Paulo - June 3, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • New York - June 16, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
    • San Francisco - June 16, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
    • New York - June 17, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • San Francisco- June 17, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Bangalore - June 22, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
    • Amsterdam - June 23, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
    • Bangalore - June 23, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Manchester - June 23, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
    • Toronto - June 23, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
    • Amsterdam - June 24, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Manchester - June 24, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Toronto - June 24, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
    • Chicago - June 24, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)