June 6, 2017 Releases

Elastic Stack 6.0.0-alpha2 released

By Tyler Hannan

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.

Elasticsearch

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

Kibana

‘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.

Logstash

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.

Beats

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 add_docker_metadata processor.
  • Metricbeat now comes with a more storage-efficient default configuration file, and with new modules for vSphere and RabbitMQ.

ES-Hadoop

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

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