Hot on the heels of an amazingly feature-packed 6.5 release, we are thrilled to announce the first public alpha of 7.0.0.
Yes, it's very exciting. But before we continue with this groovy news, we do want to remind you that this is still an alpha. So, we recommend that you keep it an arm's length from production. There is no guarantee that 7.0.0-alpha1 versions will be compatible with other preview releases, or even with 7.0.0 GA.
7.0 will not be available on our Elasticsearch Service during the alpha cycle. But, we expect to make a preview version of 7.0.0 available in the coming few months.
The Elastic Pioneer Program
We are also excited to bring back the Elastic Pioneer Program for 7.0. The Pioneer Program debuted in version 5.0 as a way to recognize community participation and feedback, and has been a source of invaluable feedback during the preview period. We are excited to bring it back for the 3rd year in a row.
A major release means major features and some major changes. We choose to do an long preview period for our major releases to afford ourselves enough cycles to battle-test the release before making it generally available. We would love your help in that journey.
Our users are constantly pushing the boundaries on our products. You are using it for new use cases, and plugging it into unique architectures that go beyond the permutations of the best testing harness. We want to know where things break for you, in your setup, for your unique use case - so that we can do our best improve them before the GA release.
We value your inputs, and the Pioneer Program is our way of saying "Dear User, Thank you for taking the time to try this out, and giving your feedback. We are eternally in your debt."
To learn more about the Pioneer Program, and how you can become an Elastic Pioneer, head over the Pioneer Program blog.
Try it out
And now, without any further ado, we bring to you 7.0.0-alpha1. Happy downloading. Go forth, and explore.