31 January 2017 Releases

Elastic Stack 5.2.0 Released

By Tyler Hannan

Say ‘Heya!’ to 5.2.0

It is, again, a substantive release with features and functionality in nearly all areas of the Elastic Stack. And, as per usual, it is available – right now – on Elastic Cloud.

Have questions about this release? We always have an AMA booth at Elastic{ON} and this year will be no different. Talks are being scheduled, parties are being scheduled, the only thing missing is you. Join us!

Elasticsearch

For more detailed information, and many other features, peruse the Elasticsearch detail post.

  • Numeric and Date Range fields allow for indexing and querying time ranges easily and efficiently
  • Need a better picture of why your cluster may be red? The cluster allocation explain API will be your new troubleshooting tool of choice.
  • Do you need to pull an enormous set of terms in a terms aggregation? You are going to love partitioning result sets.

In the 5.0 release, we added some cgroup statistics to the monitoring API allowing you to inspect the container where Elasticsearch is running. In the 5.2.0 release, these have been supplemented with more information and made available in the X-Pack monitoring UI in Kibana.

If you haven’t yet upgraded to enjoy the features of Elasticsearch 5.x, as a reminder, we’ve also released the Migration Helper, which runs on your existing 2.3 cluster. Use this site plugin to prep for your migration.

Kibana

‘Visualize’ all the features, and ‘Discover’ more information in the detail post.

  • Querying multiple clusters using 4.x? Want to upgrade to 5.x? Sad that you couldn’t? Tribe is back.
  • Few things are as exciting as a adding an oft requested visualization. Heatmaps are here!
  • Thanks to the community, IBM in specific, the groundwork for internationalization is here.

When we introduced the Elastic Tile Service, we supported 10 levels of zoom. As of today, X-Pack Basic users can zoom to level 12. More detail is in the post but install X-Pack to get started.

Logstash

Many highly requested features make an appearance in this release. For more information, grok the detail post.

  • How many things do you want to monitor? All the things. Moar monitoring APIs are released in 5.2 including support for cgroup information.
  • Offline plugin management has been rethought to support deployments in air-gapped environments.

As of 5.2.0, you can also monitor Logstash instances via the X-Pack monitoring app in Kibana. Events Received, Events Emitted, Latency, JVM heap, CPU utilization, and more are available for your to tweak the performance of your ingest pipeline. And, of course, the features are included in the X-Pack basic license for free, so install X-Pack to get started.

Beats

We don’t ‘let the beat drop’ but we drop the updates in a detail post.

  • Metricbeat gets even more useful, again, with a Prometheus module.
  • Interested in monitoring uptime? Are SLAs and availability the lifeblood of your business? Heartbeat is now in beta!

ES-Hadoop

ES-Hadoop 5.2.0 has also been released today. This version adds support for Spark 2.1.

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