A newer version is available. For the latest information, see the current release documentation.
Beats are lightweight data shippers that you install as agents on your servers to send specific types of operational data to Elasticsearch. Beats have a small footprint and use fewer system resources than Logstash.
Logstash has a larger footprint, but provides a broad array of input, filter, and output plugins for collecting, enriching, and transforming data from a variety of sources.
For more information, see the Logstash Introduction and the Beats Overview.
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