ELK Exploration Companion

ELK Exploration Companion


ELK (or Elastic stack) is the name for the Elasticsearch/Logstash/Kibana stack. Logstash gets log information, reports it to Elasticsearch for searching, and Kibana lets you analyze it. While the tools work independently, and with other software, they play together especially well. To understand what’s going on, let’s look at each one individually. This guide is meant to be a bit of a guided tour to each of these services.

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How to Install Elastic Stack (ELK) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

Sometimes, software just goes together. Linux, the Apache Web server, MySQL, and PHP, the four ingredients of the LAMP stack, which revolutionized data centers and made open source a big deal two decades ago, are probably the most famous example. But there are lots of others.

Here’s another open source software stack you should know about in our present age of cloud and big data: the Elastic Stack, or ELK. Based on Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana, ELK is a fully open source solution for searching, analyzing and visualizing data in any format, at any scale.

Since ELK has multiple parts, and some of them have other dependencies, setting up ELK is not as simple as installing other stacks, which sometimes require a simple one-line yum installation command. But fear not. ELK is still easy enough to install if you follow the proper steps.

Below, we’ll walk through configuring a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) server for ELK, installing each of the requisite components and configuring them to work with one another. (RHEL is now free for development use — download it here.)

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