Last Friday I was with Elissa, Boaz and Shay from Elasticsearch and with Henk and Thomas from Trifork at the Open Source conference where Trifork had a joint stand together with Elasticsearch. The Open Source conference is an annual event in the Benelux gathering industry leaders and speakers on the topics big data, cloud, mobile and social strategies. This year the event took place at Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam.
Elissa and I were glad to receive many visits on the Trifork-Elasticsearch stand from attendees interested to learn more about Elasticsearch Logstash & Kibana and others who are already users of the solution who came to share their experience. The combination of these three tools provide an open source alternative to commercial log analysis tools like Splunk and are rapidly growing in popularity. Elasticsearch is a powerful, open source search & analytics tool. It is one of the most popular open source projects in the world with over 400k downloads per month. Next to its extensive free-text search capabilities it provides a sophisticated aggregations module that enables analytics on top of the data stored in Elasticsearch. Logstash is an open source tool for managing events and logs. You can use it to collect, parse and store logs from different sources. It provides many outputs like syslog, apache access logs, log4j, but also an extensive set of filters to manipulate your log data and enrich it with for instance geo location. Among others, it allows you to store the data in Elasticsearch. Last, but definitely not least, Kibana is an open source dashboard tool that allows you to visualise your data. It can be used to visualize your data using a lot of built in graphs and other components, but also provides an interactive UI for drilling down in your data. It allows you to create your own custom dashboards and share those with others within your organisation.
Shay Banon, co-founder of Elasticsearch could tell you more about these great tools ; he actually talked at the Open Source Conference, his presentation is available here.
The event was well attended. The delegates told me that they found the sessions very interesting. Trifork had a contest to win a free setup of Logstash and Kibana and we will soon announce the name of the winner! Stay tuned!