What is serverless Elastic?

Serverless projects use the core components of the Elastic Stack, such as Elasticsearch and Kibana, and are based on an architecture that decouples compute and storage. Search and indexing operations are separated, which offers high flexibility for scaling your workloads while ensuring a high level of performance.

Management free. Elastic manages the underlying Elastic cluster, so you can focus on your data. With serverless projects, Elastic is responsible for automatic upgrades, data backups, and business continuity.

Autoscaled. To meet your performance requirements, the system automatically adjusts to your workloads. For example, when you have a short time spike on the data you ingest, more resources are allocated for that period of time. When the spike is over, the system uses less resources, without any action on your end.

Optimized data storage. Your data is stored in cost-efficient, general storage. A cache layer is available on top of the general storage for recent and frequently queried data that provides faster search speed. The size of the cache layer and the volume of data it holds depend on settings that you can configure for each project.

Dedicated experiences. All serverless solutions are built on the Elastic Search Platform and include the core capabilities of the Elastic Stack. They also each offer a distinct experience and specific capabilities that help you focus on your data, goals, and use cases.

Pay per usage. Each serverless project type includes product-specific and usage-based pricing.

Serverless billing starts June 1, 2024

Until May 31, 2024, your serverless consumption will not incur any charges, but will be visible along with your total Elastic Cloud consumption on the Billing Usage page. Unless you are in a trial period, usage on or after June 1, 2024 will be deducted from your existing Elastic Cloud credits or be billed to your active payment method.

Control your data and performance

Control your project data and query performance against your project data.

Data. Choose the data you want to ingest, and the method to ingest it. By default, data is stored indefinitely in your project, and you define the retention settings for your data streams.

Performance. For granular control over costs and query performance against your project data, serverless projects come with a set of predefined settings that you can edit.

Some or all of these settings may not be available for all types of serverless projects.

Differences between serverless projects and hosted deployments on Elastic Cloud

You can run hosted deployments of the Elastic Stack on Elastic Cloud. These hosted deployments provide more provisioning and advanced configuration options.

OptionServerlessHosted
Cluster management
Fully managed by Elastic.
You provision and manage your hosted clusters. Shared responsibility with Elastic.
Scaling
Autoscales out of the box.
Manual scaling or autoscaling available for you to enable.
Upgrades
Automatically performed by Elastic.
You choose when to upgrade.
Pricing
Individual per project type and based on your usage.
Based on deployment size and subscription level.
Performance
Autoscales based on your usage.
Manual scaling.
Solutions
Single solution per project.
Full Elastic Stack per deployment.
User management
Elastic Cloud-managed users.
Elastic Cloud-managed users and native Kibana users.
API support
Subset of APIs.
All Elastic APIs.
Backups
Projects automatically backed up by Elastic.
Your responsibility with Snapshot & Restore.
Data retention
Editable on data streams.
Index Lifecycle Management.

Answers to common serverless questions

What Support is available for the serverless preview?

There is no official SLA for Support in Serverless until General Availability (GA). We’ll do our best to service customers and inquiries as we would any pre-GA product - at a Platinum/Enterprise Severity 3 (1 business day) SLA target.

Is there migration support between hosted deployments and serverless projects?

Migration paths between hosted deployments and serverless projects are currently unsupported.

How does serverless ensure compatibility between software versions?

Connections and configurations are unaffected by upgrades. To ensure compatibility between software versions, quality testing and API versioning are used.

Can I convert a serverless project into a hosted deployment, or a hosted deployment into a serverless project?

Projects and deployments are based on different architectures, and you are unable to convert.

Can I convert a serverless project into a project of a different type?

You are unable to convert projects into different project types, but you can create as many projects as you’d like. You will be charged only for your usage.

How can I create serverless service accounts?

Create API keys for service accounts in your serverless projects. Options to automate the creation of API keys with tools such as Terraform will be available in the future.

To raise a Support case with Elastic, raise a case for your subscription the same way you do today. In the body of the case, make sure to mention you are working in serverless to ensure we can provide the appropriate support.

When will pricing information be available for serverless?

Pricing will be available through account representatives and published at a later date.

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