Elastic, the company behind the popular Elasticsearch open source project and a hosted and managed Elasticsearch offering, has announced that the Elastic stack is now available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace.
Elastic's addition to the Azure Marketplace means developers can use preconfigured templates to more easily and quickly deploy an Elasticsearch cluster on Azure. The company's Bring-Your-Own-License (BYOL) model gives users the option to add commercial enhancements like cluster and data security, cluster management, alerting, and automation through an Elastic subscription. This subscription also provides enterprise-class support for Elastic offerings on Azure.
"We now have Elasticsearch, one of the most popular tools for real-time search, logging, and analytics, in the growing ecosystem of applications easily deployed through the Azure Marketplace," said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of Developer Experience & Evangelism at Microsoft. "With this relationship, our mutual customers will benefit from our open source development that optimizes Elasticsearch for Microsoft Azure shared storage."
Elasticsearch is a search server based on Apache Lucene. It provides a distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search engine with a HTTP Web interface and schema-free JSON documents.
"We've had a wonderful relationship with Microsoft over the years, and Elasticsearch on the Azure Marketplace is just another step forward," said Shay Banon, Elastic's founder and CTO, in a statement. "With tighter integration, our customers will be able to more easily deploy Elasticsearch and our other products on Microsoft Azure at any scale across their mission critical applications."
With more than 40 million downloads, Elastic's products are used for real-time search, analytics and logging use cases, for growth companies like Docker, Groupon, Instacart, HotelTonight, Yelp, and Uber as well as enterprises like Cisco, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Groupon, Netflix, and more. Elastic's other products are based on the company’s open-source projects including Logstash, Kibana, Beats, and Found.
"All of our customer data resides in the cloud on Azure servers, and we use Elasticsearch to aggregate millions of objects every minute to deliver near real-time data updates across the Internet," said Renaud Boutet, Co-Founder of Logmatic.io. "Setting up Elasticsearch on Azure was simple, and the combination of Microsoft and Elastic’s solutions has allowed us to scale our business and deliver high performance for our customers, no matter how many users we're serving."
Microsoft and Elastic also worked in a developmental effort to enable Elasticsearch to work more efficiently on shared storage, such as Microsoft Azure File Storage, and then open-sourced this innovation. This capability enables lowered cost of deployment of Elasticsearch clusters.
"As more and more developers build and deploy apps on Azure, using an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) solution template created by Elastic, developers can easily set up an Elasticsearch cluster directly, thus simplifying their deployment," Banon said in a blog post. "In addition, we've made it possible to deploy all of our open source products, such as, Kibana, Logstash and Beats. And for those who want support and our commercial plug-ins Shield (security & authentication), Watcher (alerting), and Marvel (monitoring), an Elastic subscription is now available for any Azure-based deployments. Most importantly, this ensures that developers using Azure have a full and native Elasticsearch experience."