Working with Elastic Cloud Support: Best Practices
Our Elastic Cloud Standard support is a production level of support focused on making sure your Elastic Cloud cluster is green and available. To that end, we offer:
- Analysis of the state of your cluster.
- Actions you can perform to stabilize your cluster.
- Updates on actions our Elastic Cloud Engineers are taking to stabilize your cluster.
- Pointers to Elastic documentation or forums if your question is outside the scope of the platform itself.
Our Elastic Cloud Standard support does not have a guaranteed initial or ongoing response time, but we do strive to engage on every issue within 3 business days. We do not offer weekend coverage, so we will respond Monday through Friday only.
As the most common and frequent of activities, here are the best practices related to open support cases with Elastic.
A case can go by many names: ticket, service request, incident, problem, issue, etc. As far as we're concerned, they all mean the same thing. We generally use the term "case" because that's what our support system provider calls them.
A case (or whatever term you prefer to use) can represent many different kinds of situations you'll encounter as a customer:
- You need help setting up your Elastic Cloud account or cluster.
- You would like a new feature considered.
- You have a question about how to do something with Elastic Cloud.
All of these situations (and likely some we've missed) are valid case topics.
Now that we're on the same page about what a case is, let's talk about when to open one.
Generally speaking, you should open a case for anything important to you. It's just that simple. Cases are the way we communicate with each other a majority of the time, and we want to be well connected with you as a customer to ensure your success as well as our own. If in doubt, open a case to open the discussion.
This is pretty straightforward. Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org from the email addresses registered on your account. You receive a confirmation email from our system letting you know your case was created, and all future conversation can occur just by replying to that email.
There are two key pieces of information you can give us in your email:
- The Deployment ID you're asking about (you may have several)
- The nature of the problem
Tell us as much about the problem you're facing as possible, and we will do the rest. You can find your Deployment ID on the overview page in the Elastic Cloud Console for each cluster under your account.
As discussed previously, the support we offer for Elastic Cloud Standard is specific to the Elastic Cloud platform and not in-depth Elasticsearch support. Luckily we have vibrant and active communities around our other products where you can get your Elasticsearch, et al questions answered. And of course we also offer Gold and Platinum options for Elastic Cloud that may be more to your liking.
Such a simple question, but a good one. The best place to start is http://www.elastic.co/community/ which lists all the best community resources. The most commonly used resources are our community forums on discuss.elastic.co.
Feel free to use these forums as sources of information and for general discussions. Of course, as a customer you do not need to rely on these communities for your critical or confidential support needs, and we strongly recommend against posting any time-sensitive requests here — you have us for that!