Editor's Note (September 7, 2018): This post refers to X-Pack. Starting with the 6.3 release, the X-Pack code is now open and fully integrated as features into the Elastic Stack.
The 2nd alpha release of 6.0.0 is available today!
Before you get too excited, keep in mind that this is still an alpha so don’t put it into production. There is no guarantee that any of the 6.0.0-alpha versions will be compatible with other pre-releases, or the 6.0.0 GA. We strongly recommend that you keep this far, far away from production. And, since it is an alpha, it is not available on Elastic Cloud.
During the 5.0 release, we introduced the Elastic Pioneer Program and will continue that same program with this release.
What is the Elastic Pioneer Program?
We’re very excited about these upcoming Elastic Stack version 6.0 releases, but we want to make sure they’re perfect (or as perfect as software gets) before they ship more broadly. Everyone who reports a legitimate bug on the pre-release of the software will be recognized for the wider release, and receive a special Elastic gift package as our thank you.
How to participate
To join the program, just try out the pre-release of any (preferably, every) part of the Elastic Stack, and open issues as you find them in the appropriate repo (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Beats, Kibana) or forum (X-Pack). When you open an issue, mention that you found the bug in 6.0.0-alpha1/alpha2/betaY, and we’ll add a “Pioneer Program” label. While we appreciate the information, duplicate issues won’t enter you into the program.
For more detailed information, and many other features, peruse the Elasticsearch detail post.
significant_textaggregation which is like
significant_terms, but works on text fields by re-analysing the _source instead of using masses of heap space for fielddata.
- The new
ip_rangefield type allows you to index ranges of IPv6 and IPv6 addresses.
- The new
icu_collation_keywordfield type provides support for language specific sort orders.
‘Visualize’ all the features, and ‘Discover’ more information in the detail post.
- CSV EXPORT FROM DISCOVER (yep, it is in all caps. It just matters that much)
- Dashboard only mode lets you see the dashboards…and only the dashboards.
- In the 5.0 stream, we introduced the Elastic Tile Service. We supplement this with the addition of region maps.
For more information, grok the detail post.
- Multiple pipelines, one Logstash. This alpha adds the ability to run multiple, self-contained pipelines on the same JVM.
We don’t ‘let the beat drop’ but we drop the updates in a detail post.
- The Audit module in Metricbeat simplifies collecting data from the Linux Auditing System. You can use it instead of auditd.
- Enhance your events with the Docker container names and labels by using the
- Metricbeat now comes with a more storage-efficient default configuration file, and with new modules for vSphere and RabbitMQ.
We’ve reduced the details to some bullets, but the original map is in the detail post.
- Support for Spark Structured Streaming via addition of an Elasticsearch structured streaming sink