This Week in Elastic - July 01, 2015

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. One of this week's highlights includes our upcoming webcast focused on Elasticsearch cluster upgrades.
  • We've also got the The Logstash Lines, our weekly Logstash update. This edition includes some great blog posts from the Logstash community and information about a bunch of performance improvements.
  • For all you lovers of Logstash, we've got more great news. Check out the 1.5.2 release blog post a bug fix release that addresses an important file input issue.
  • Want the inside track on logging with Elasticsearch? Andrei Stefan's Elasticsearch Logging Secrets brings you the basics and a deep dive through some more complex features, including code snippets. Enjoy!
  • Watcher 1.0 has been released as GA! Read on to learn all about Watcher's features, why should give it a try and what's coming next.
  • Kibana 4.1.1. is out, including a number of bug fixes. Get the full story in the release blog post.
  • If you love Kibana, we got great news on a new feature introduced in the 4.1 release family: field formatters. Field formatters allow you to display your data in Kibana the way you prefer to see it, regardless of how it is actually stored in Elasticsearch. You can learn all about how to use this feature in this walk through.
  • For all of you folks anxiously awaiting Elasticsearch 2.0, you'll be thrilled to hear that 2.0.0.beta1 is coming soon! Clinton Gormley brings you all the news you can use about forthcoming improvements.
  • Speaking of upgrading to Elasticsearch v 2.0 - and we know you're planning on it - you won't be able upgrade indices with conflicting field mappings to Elasticsearch v 2.0. Understand what this change means for you and how you can prepare for the Great Mapping Refactoring.
  • You saw that lovely Tweet up there about us making Found even more awesome? Groovy. You can read all about it in Forbes.
  • Jettro Coenradie has shared a great tutorial on taking your first steps with Watcher, including an overview of how Watcher works and some juicy code snippets. Enjoy, and thanks Jettro!
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Slides and Videos

Mark Harwood on Building Entity Centric Indexes

Alan Hardy on Key Features in Elasticsearch

Rashid Khan on Deeper Data Dimensions with Kibana 4


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!


Our team will be in the exhibits hall at DevOps Days Melbourne, on July 16 & 17. We're also proposing an open space on the ELK Stack, so perhaps we'll see you in the open space zone, too.


  • Join David Pilato for two talks at JDEV 2015 in Bordeaux. The conference runs June 30-July 3.
  • The Elastic Paris Meetup will get together on July 29 to talk Fuzzy Name Matching in Elasticsearch. Register now to save your seat.


  • Join our team in the exhibits hall at Java Forum Stuttgart on July 9. We'll be there to answer all your questions and give you some lovely Elastic goodies.
  • The Search Meetup Munich will get together on July 28 to talk about GuteFrage's use case. Register now to save your seat.


The Practical Big Data Science Meetup will host a hands on training on the ELK stack for log analysis and monitoring on July 4. Register now to save your seat.


  • Boaz Leskes will visit the Tel Aviv Elastic User Group on July 8 to talk Resiliency and Elasticsearch. Register now to save your seat.
  • And for the second Tel Aviv meetup in July, you can hear about Elasticsearch and Fuzzy Matching, Fighting Crime with Elasticsearch and Unstructured Data Analytics and more. Register now to attend this meetup on July 22.


New Zealand

The next meeting of the Elasticsearch ELK NZ meetup is coming to Wellington on July 2. We're still lining up the agenda, but for now RSVP to save your seat.


Join Honza Kral in Poznan for PolyConf 2015. The conference runs July 2-4.

South Africa

We are a proud swag sponsor of the JavaScript in South Africa Conference. If you happen to be in Johannesburg on July 11, pop in for knowledge and some cool Elastic goodies.


EuroPython 2015 heads to Bilbao this year, featuring two talk from Honza Kral: Beyond the Basics with Elasticsearch and Don't be afraid to search. You can learn more about Honza's talks in the conference program; EuroPython runs July 20-26.


The Elasticsearch Switzerland Meetup group will get together on July 14 to talk Elasticsearch Under the Hood with Alex Reelsen. Register now to save your seat.


The L'viv DevOps Meetup will get together on July 4 for their second installment of the 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

  • The Full Stack Developer London Meetup will get together for their first meetup on July 2, including a demo of the ELK stack. Register now to attend.
  • The London Elastic Meetup will get together on July 21 for two talks, including Mark Harwood on using Kibana 4 to analyze data from the Ministry of Transportation. Register now to save your seat - we're hosting at the Elastic London office!

United States - East

  • The Elastic User Group in Minneapolis will convene on July 7 to hear about US Bank's use case, plus a special talk from our new addition to the Logstash team, Andrew Cholakian. Register now to save your seat.
  • 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.
  • Heading to the Codestock 2015 Conference? Join our Developer Advocate, Shaunak Kashyap in the hallway track. Codestock runs July 10-11 in Knoxville.
  • The Tampa JUG will convene on July 23 to talk Centralized Logging with Logstash. Register now to join the festivities.

United States - West

  • The Ansible Los Angeles User Group will convene on July 8 to talk about GumGum's use of Ansible to manage EC2 instances running Elasticsearch and many other technologies. Register now to save your seat.
  • The Elastic Silicon Valley User Group will convene on July 8 to hear about Palantir's use case. Register now to save your seat while we're finalizing the agenda.
  • The Denver Elastic User Group will get together on July 14 for a casual meetup over drinks and snack. Register now to attend and talk shop.
  • The Seattle University Web Developer Meetup will convene on July 14 to talk KnockoutJS and Elasticsearch. Register now to save your place.
  • The OpenLate @ OpenDNS Meetup will get together in San Francisco on July 14 to talk Elasticsearch for SQL Users. Our awesome Developer Advocate, Shaunak Kashyap, will be the invited speaker. Register now to save your seat.
  • The Salt Lake City Elastic Meetup will get together for a casual meetup over pizza on July 14. Register now to save your seat.
  • The South Bay PHP User Group will join the Elastic Silicon Valley Meetup on July 15. Talk details are still in the works, but register now to save your seat.
  • The Elastic team will be out in force at OSCON 2015. The conference runs from July 20-24 in Portland, Oregon. Join us in the exhibits hall for an awesome demo, getting all your questions answered and some nifty swag!
  • The Dallas Elasticsearch User Group will convene on July 23 for an Introduction to Elasticsearch plus live demo of analyzing Twitter data. Register now to save your seat.

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.


If you are interested in Elasticsearch training we have courses taught by our core developers coming up in:

  • Berlin - July 2, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • Wellington - July 2, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • Sydney - July 6, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Sydney - July 8, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • Zurich - July 14, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • Reston, VA - July 14, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Operations)
  • Dallas - July 14, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • Stockholm - July 14, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • Reston, VA - July 14, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch Operations)
  • Dallas - July 14, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • Los Angeles - July 16, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • Mountain View - July 20, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Portland, OR - July 23, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Mountain View - July 24, 2015 (Kibana Workshop)
  • Bangalore - July 27, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • London - July 28, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Bangalore - July 28, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • London - July 29, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • New York - August 3, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • New York - August 4, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch: Developer)
  • New York - August 6, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch: Operations)
  • Montreal - August 11, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • Seattle - August 13, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch: Operations)
  • San Francisco - August 17, 2015 (Hands-On Workhop)
  • San Francisco - August 18, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch: Developer)
  • San Francisco - August 20, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch: Operations)
  • Amsterdam - August 20. 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Amsterdam - August 21, 2015 (Kibana 4 Workshop)
  • Amsterdam - August 24, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch: Developer)
  • Bangalore - August 24, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Austin - August 25, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Bangalore - August 25, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch)
  • Austin - August 26, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch: Developer)
  • Amsterdam - August 26, 2015 (Core Elasticsearch: Operations
  • Cologne - August 26, 2015 (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Cologne - August 27. 2015 (Core Elasticsearch: Developer)
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