9 Ways Elasticsearch Helps Us, From Dawn to Dusk

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2016-01-12

Elasticsearch is a distributed, open-source search and analytics engine built on Apache Lucene and designed for horizontal scalability, reliability and easy management. Apache Lucene is an open-source, high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java. The technology is suitable for nearly any application that requires full-text search—especially cross-platform applications. With more than 45 million downloads since 2012, the Elastic Stack, which includes Elasticsearch and other popular open-source tools like Logstash (data collection), Kibana (data visualization) and Beats (data shippers) makes it easy for developers to make massive amounts of structured, unstructured and time-series data available in real-time for search, logging, analytics and other use cases. This eWEEK slide show illustrates nine ways that we use Elasticsearch in a typical day, across our professional and personal lives and all the ways they intersect—from analyzing social feeds to employing search and recommendation engines.


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