17 February 2016 News

Introducing Elastic Cloud and Elastic Cloud Enterprise

By Shay Banon

We “Found” A New Name!

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At last year’s Elastic{ON}15, we announced the acquisition of Found, the company. Our goal, at the time, was to provide the simplest, most complete Elasticsearch as a service offering that was available in market. Of course, the team behind Found was a key element in the decision making process. We are proud that, as a company, we have made major strides in achieving our stated objective.

Today, more than 1,000 companies are running a portion of their business on the hosted offering that we provide. So what, you may ask, have we been doing behind the scenes over the last year?

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If you’ve been following the announcements from Elastic{ON}, you will have heard about the renaming of our commercial products — Shield (security), Marvel (monitoring), and Watcher (alerting) — as X-Pack, a single extension that bundles these meaty features and more. As we began to align the name of products with the functionality that they provide it was necessary to reconsider what we call our hosted offering as well.

Elasticsearch as a Service.

It seems fairly straightforward. But the reality is that Found provides much more than just Elasticsearch. Each cluster includes a free Kibana instance, integration with Shield (now called security). Premium users can leverage the monitoring and alerting capabilities of the X-Pack. And many of them ingest using Beats, Logstash, or a combination of both.

So what do we call a thing that is the entire Elastic Stack hosted and maintained so that you don’t have to?

Welcome, Elastic Cloud.

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The Elastic Cloud is everything about Found that you’ve come to know and love. Or, perhaps, don’t know is available to make your life easier. You can setup a cluster and have it running in a matter of minutes (with a 14-day free trial) and it includes 16GB of storage for every 1GB of memory. Additionally, it includes updates to the latest release of the Elastic Stack and is tightly integrated with the X-Pack features like security, alerting, monitoring, and even Re{Search} features like Timelion.

But, most importantly, the team that has built — and maintains — Elastic Cloud is a part of Elastic. We release on the same schedule. We test together. We solve issues together. It is the Elastic that you know and trust…only hosted.

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The benefit of being a company driven, in large part, by listening to the community is that we are able to make decisions for a multitude of reasons. Several of our customer (those with whom we have a commercial relationship) have asked about “how” we run Elastic Cloud. Or, have asked about best practices for attempting to build their own Elastic Cloud.

I’m pleased to introduce Elastic Cloud Enterprise.

It is the same product that is powering our hosted offering, available for installation on the hardware – or in the environment – that you choose. If you manage multiple deployments be that across multiple teams or geographies, you can leverage the same technology that we do to centralize and manage the provisioning, monitoring and management, scaling, replication, and upgrades of your Elasticsearch clusters.

Elastic Cloud and Elastic Cloud Enterprise. One product that allow you to choose your own deployment adventure. And yes, we treat Elastic Cloud as a product. We don’t simply offer a service. Rather, we build a product that can be consumed as a service or installed to manage multiple clusters or offer a service inside of your organization.

Want to be part of it? Learn more, or sign-up for the private Beta of Elastic Cloud Enterprise. If you happen to be at Elastic{ON} join the session by Njal Karevoll and Erik Redding entitled Hosted and Managed Elasticsearch: How It’s Built.