Working with remote clusters

Kibana Management provides user interfaces for working with data from remote clusters and managing the cross-cluster replication process. You can replicate indices from a leader remote cluster to a follower index in a local cluster. The local follower indices can be used to provide remote backups for disaster recovery or for geo-proximite copies of data.

Before using these features, you should be familiar with the following concepts:

Managing remote clusters

Remote clusters helps you manage remote clusters for use with cross-cluster search and cross-cluster replication. You can add and remove remote clusters and check their connectivity.

Before you use this feature, you should be familiar with the concept of remote clusters.

Go to Management > Elasticsearch > Remote clusters to create or manage your remotes.

To set up a new remote, click Add a remote cluster. Give the cluster a unique name and define the seed nodes for cluster discovery. You can edit or remove your remote clusters from the Remote clusters list view.

][UI for adding a remote cluster

Once a remote cluster is registered, you can use the tools under Cross-cluster replication to add and manage follower indices on the local cluster, and replicate data from indices on the remote cluster based on an auto-follow index pattern.

Managing cross-cluster replication

Cross-cluster replication helps you create and manage the cross-cluster replication process. If you want to replicate data from existing indices, or set up local followers on a case-by-case basis, go to Follower indices. If you want to automatically detect and follow new indices when they are created on a remote cluster, you can do so from Auto-follow patterns.

Creating an auto-follow pattern is useful when you have time-series data, like a logs index, on the remote cluster that is created or rolled over on a daily basis. Once you have configured an auto-follow pattern, any time a new index with a name that matches the pattern is created in the remote cluster, a follower index is automatically configured in the local cluster.

From the same view, you can also see a list of your saved auto-follow patterns for a given remote cluster, and monitor whether the replication is active.

Before you use these features, you should be familiar with the following concepts:

To get started, go to Management > Elasticsearch > Cross-cluster replication.

][UI for adding an auto-follow pattern
][UI for adding follower indices