This Week in Elastic: First dev hangout & Logstash 1.4.3 released

Welcome to This Week in Elastic! In this weekly round up post, we bring you news on all aspects of the ELK Stack, including updates on Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana development, tips and tricks and upcoming events.

Elastic News

Useful blog posts, how tos, tutorials and articles from the wide world of all the ELK stack ecosystem.

  • Check out our weekly deep dive into the latest developments in Elasticsearch and Apache Lucene. Dig in for all the updates and the video of Adrien Grand's recent talk from Berlin Buzzwords on The Algorithms that Power Elasticsearch and Lucene.
  • In other news Elasticsearch, version 1.6.0 was just released. The release blog post has full details on all the features included, such as the new upgrade API, which upgrades all the segments in an index to the latest Lucene format.
  • We've also got the The Logstash Lines, our weekly Logstash update. Check out the details on solving the Timeout Bug that made your life when bulk indexing less fun. Now fixed!
  • We also released Logstash 1.4.3 this week, a bug fix release for the Logstash 1.4 series. We recommend all users upgrade if you are using one or more of the following plugins: Elasticsearch output with node protocol, File Output and/or Logstash Forwarder with Lumberjack input/output. Check out the release blog post for full information.
  • You want some heat maps? We've got 'em, and a whole lot more. Check out this week's Kurrently in Kibana, which includes a whole lot of information on performance tweaks made to version 4.1.
  • And while they were at it, the Kibana team released version 4.1 yesterday. All the news you can use is included in the release blog post.
  • Watcher 1.0 Beta 2 to is out! Get it while it's hot.
  • In our ongoing series on community health metrics, Sonja Winter brings you the latest number crunching using Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana. Quick summary: sending your dev and ops humans to speak at conferences supports local user group health. But don't take my work for it - go look at all the data science and pretty graphs!
  • If you happen to be attending Cisco Live 2015, make sure to get a demo of Cisco Intercloud Fabric and Cisco UCS, both powered by Elasticsearch. You can get the full scoop from Raghunath Nambiar on the Cisco Cloud blog.
  • Michael Carruthers from the Postmark engineering team brings us the news on why Elasticsearch and SmartOS are a match made in heaven.
  • Jettro Coenradie authored an in-depth how to on Combining Geo Points With the Elasticsearch Percolator. Excellent walk through using a sample application based on Spring Boot and AngularJS.
  • Timothy Prickett Morgan shared an article on Synchronizing Data in Hadoop Lakes. In addition to identifying some common problems with the article's subject, he does a deep dive into MapR 5.0 and how Elasticsearch now provides real-time indexing in this latest release.
  • Kashif Siddique authored a tutorial on Configuring Elasticsearch, Logstash & Kibana on Ubuntu 15.04, a.k.a. Vivid Vervet.
  • Jerome Mainaud shared highlights from his talk at Devoxx, Elasticsearch: the Importance of Mapping. Since this talk was in the Tools-in-Action section, it was hands on. And so is this blog post! Check it out, complete with a hands on exercise you can do yourself from home and a link to the talk video for even more education. (en français)

Join us on June 16 for our first ever Elastic webinar auf Deutsch!

Slides and Videos

From the newest additions to the Elastic family: Beats

Patrick Peschlowbrings you some Elasticsearch best practices you can use immediately - thanks, Patrick!

Useful even for those who wouldn't call themselves consensus experts....

Where to find Us

We'd love to feature all the great Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana presentations and meetups happening worldwide in this section. If you're speaking about the ELK stack or hosting a meetup, let us know!


The .NET Community Austria Meetup will get together on June 11 to talk all about the ELK stack. RSVP now to save your seat.


The PHP wvl group will convene in Roeselare on June 16. The speakers will be presenting on Elasticsearch and Symfony. Register now to save your seat.


Join our Nathan Zamecnik and Pier-Hughes Pellerin in Toronto on June 23 for an open Q&A session. Register now to join them at the Elasticsearch Toronto Meetup.


You can see our very own Adrien Grand on Apache Lucene at Breizhcamp this week, or these awesome speakers on Elasticsearch:

Plus, we have the 3rd Elastic France meetup coming up in Lyon on June 23. Register now to save your seat.

And last but not least, join JDEV 2015 in Bordeaux. The conference runs June 30-July 3.


If you'll be attending the Munich Developer Conference on June 12, make sure to say hello to Alexander Reelsen in the hallway track!


  • The Big Data Analytics on Cloud Meetup in Hyderabad will host a free workshop on Elasticsearch on June 20. Register now to attend the workshop.
  • The Delhi Elastic Meetup will get together on June 28. They're also looking for speakers. RSVP and contact the organizer via
  • The Netherlands

    GOTO Amsterdam Special Edition Meetup

    • But wait, there's more! Join us at GOTO Amsterdam 2015 for a full track on Elasticsearch, featuring five talks on topics from Scaling your ELK Cluster to Securing it with Shield. The conference runs June 18-19, with the Elasticsearch track running all day on June 18.
    • And even more! DevOps Days Amsterdam returns to the Pakhuis de Zwijger June 24-26. You can visit us at our booth or hear from Leslie Hawthorn on her latest DevOps and Culture topic, Fear of Failing Fast: How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Success. Rumor has it that the amazing BBQ will be reprised this year, so do not miss this one!

    New Zealand

    The next meeting of the Elasticsearch ELK NZ meetup is coming to Wellington on June 30. We're still lining up the agenda, but for now RSVP to save your seat.


    If you'll be in Katowice, Poland on June 11, join the AWS Poland User Group to talk Elasticsearch on AWS. Register now to save your place.

    And, David Pilato and João Duarte will attend Devoxx Poland 2015 taking place June 22-25 in Krakow. Between the two of them, they'll deliver three talks:

    And last but not least, join Honza Kral is Poznan for PolyConf 2015. The conference runs July 2-4.


    The Madrid Open Analytics Meetup will get together on June 25 to talk big data before your holidays, including Elasticsearch. Register now to join them. (No holiday included, but definitely great knowledge sharing.)


    The L'viv DevOps Meetup will get together on June 27 for CoreOS Fest Conference review, featuring a CoreOS with Kubernetes demo: ElasticSearch Cluster on local machine and AWS. Register now to save your seat.

    United Kingdom

    United States - East

    • The St. Louis Machine Learning and Data Science Meetup will get together on June 17 to talk Python and Elasticsearch. Register now to save your place.
    • The Boston Elasticsearch Meetup will convene on June 18 to talk Elasticsearch & Fuzzy Matching. Register now to save your seat.
    • The Cleveland DevOps User Group will get together on June 18 to get Into the Weeds with Elasticsearch. Register now to save your seat.
    • The Open Science Barn Raising group from Charlottesville, VA, will convene a hackfest hosted by the Center for Open Science on June 20-21. Amongst the many tools you'll be using at the hackfest, Elasticsearch is on offer. Register now to participate. For science!Our team will be on the show floor to answer any questions you may have at Red Hat Summit 2015 slated for June 23-26 in Boston. Co-located with the event, check out Red Hat's Developer Conference DevNation, on June 21-15. Amongst the many great talks on offer at DevNation, our very own Robyn Bergeron will address The Democratization of DevOps.
    • The Elastic DC Meetup will get together on June 25 to talk Elasticsearch and Fuzzy Matching. Register now to save your place, 
    • The RubyJax Meetup in Jacksonville, Florida, will get together on July 9 to talk Elasticsearch. Register now to enjoy this subject matter and a few other talks.

    United States - West

    • Our team will be on the show floor at Hadoop Summit, which runs June 9-11 in San Jose, California. Stop by, say hello and learn all about our solutions to make Hadoop sing by using Elasticsearch.
    • The Austin Scala Enthusiasts User Group will get together on June 11 to talk how Avention Uses Akka to load data into Elasticsearch. Register now to save your place.
    • Join us at Monitorama 2015 in Portland, Oregon and catch a lightning demo from our very own Suyog Rao. Monitorama runs June 15-17.
    • The Elastic Silicon Valley Meetup will get together on June 16 to talk Elasticsearch and MapR, plus even more Apache Hadoop goodness. Register now to save your seat.
    • The Monterey Bay IT Meetup's June event focuses on Elasticsearch. Join them in, you guessed it, Monterey on June 17.
    • The Elastic LAX Meetup group will convene on June 24 to talk about the ELK stack. They're also looking for a venue host and presenters, so get in touch! You can RSVP and talk to the group organizers via
    • The Elastic Dallas Fort Worth Meetup will get together on June 25 for an Introduction to Elasticsearch, which will include both a presentation and interactive learning / hands-on component. Register now to save your seat. (Plus, while you are there, congratulate the community organizers, Charith Tangirala and Jason Gaylon, on getting the group to 100 participants!)
    • The Seattle Elasticsearch Meetup will get together on June 29 to Elasticsearch with Azure Resource Manager (ARM). Register now to save your seat.
    • The Meteor South Bay Meetup will be co-hosting their next meeting with the Elastic Silicon Valley Meetup at Elastic's Mountain View offices. Join us on June 30 to hear all about using Elasticsearch with Meteor.js.

    Where to Find You

    PSST! If you're a regular reader, you're thinking of skipping this section. You may even be thinking to yourself, yes of course I will drop a note on Twitter when I am giving a talk on all things ELK. That's awesome, because we'd like to showcase every meetup, conference presentation and workshop on Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana happening worldwide. And now, we've made it even easier for you to get support for your meetup!

    Head on over to  our meetups page! (And we'll still totally send you swag if you're giving a talk on anything ELKy at a conference.)

    Oh yeah, we're also  hiring. If you'd like us to find you for employment purposes, just drop us a note. We care more about your skill set and passion for Elasticsearch, Kibana, and Logstash than where you rest your head.


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