Elastic provides two main ways to send data to Elasticsearch:
- Elastic Agent, a single agent for logs, metrics, uptime, security data, and threat prevention.
- Legacy Beats, lightweight data shippers that send operational data to Elasticsearch. Elastic provides separate Beats for different types of data, such as logs, metrics, and uptime.
The method you use depends on your use case, which features you need, and whether you want to centrally manage your agents. Not sure whether to use Beats or Elastic Agent? Refer to Beats and Elastic Agent capabilities.
To get started, refer to: