Amazon Elasticsearch Service lets you search, analyze, and visualize your data in real-time. This service manages the capacity, scaling, patching, and administration of your Elasticsearch clusters for you, while still giving you direct access to the Elasticsearch APIs and allowing you to focus on building innovative applications. 

Key Features

Easy to deploy and manage

Fully managed: You can deploy a production-ready Elasticsearch cluster in minutes. We do the operational heavy lifting, so you don’t spend your time on operational tasks such as hardware provisioning, software installing and patching, failure recovery, backups, and monitoring.

Easy setup and configuration: You can setup and configure your Amazon Elasticsearch domain easily with a few clicks in the console or via a single API call through the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) or the AWS SDK. While creating a new domain you can specify the number of instances, instance types, and storage options. You can also modify or delete existing domains at any time.

Flexible storage: You can choose between local on-instance storage or Amazon EBS volumes to store your Elasticsearch indices. You can specify the size of the Amazon EBS volume to be allocated to the domain and the volume type - Magnetic, General Purpose, or Provisioned IOPS. You can also modify the storage options after domain creation as needed.

Direct access to Elasticsearch API: Get direct access to the Elasticsearch APIs to load, query, analyze data, and manage indices.

Data durability: You can build data durability for your Amazon Elasticsearch domain through automated and manual snapshots. You can use snapshots to recover your domain or to create a new domain with preloaded data. By default, the Amazon Elasticsearch Service will automatically create daily snapshots of each domain and retain them for 14 days. You can also use the Elasticsearch snapshot APIs to create additional manual snapshots. The automated snapshots are stored free of charge in Amazon S3, while the manual snapshots will incur standard Amazon S3 usage charges.

Plugin support: Amazon Elasticsearch Service comes prepackaged with plugins available from the Elasticsearch community including, Kuromoji, ICU, Phonetic Analysis, Smart Chinese Analysis plugin, Stempel Polish Analysis plugin, Ingest Processor Attachment plugin, Ingest User Agent Processor plugin and Mapper Murmur3 Plugin. Plug-ins are automatically deployed and managed for you.

Monitoring and metrics: Amazon Elasticsearch Service exposes domain performance metrics including number of instances, domain health, searchable documents, Amazon EBS metrics (if applicable), CPU, memory, and disk utilization for data and master nodes through Amazon CloudWatch. You can use these metrics to monitor the health of your domain and take any necessary actions.

Integrated with open-source tools and AWS Services

Easy data ingestion: You can easily ingest structured and unstructured data into your Amazon Elasticsearch domain with Logstash, an open-source data pipeline that helps you process logs and other event data. You can set up your Amazon Elasticsearch domain as the backend store for all logs coming through your Logstash implementation. You can also ingest data into your Amazon Elasticsearch domain using Amazon Kinesis Firehose, AWS IoT, or Amazon CloudWatch Logs. For more information, see the Amazon Elasticsearch Service data ingestion page.

Built-in Kibana support: You can get faster and better insights into your data using Kibana, an open-source analytics and visualization platform. Kibana is automatically deployed with your Amazon Elasticsearch Service domain.

Easily scalable

You can easily add or remove instances and modify Amazon EBS volumes to accommodate data growth without any downtime. With a few lines of code, you can monitor the state of your domain through Amazon CloudWatch metrics and call the Amazon Elasticsearch Service API to scale your domain up or down based on thresholds you had set.

Secure and compliant

Amazon Elasticsearch Service is both HIPAA eligible and compliant with PCI DSS and ISO standards, enabling you to build applications that meet industry-specific or regulatory requirements. With Amazon Elasticsearch Service you can securely connect your applications to your managed Elasticsearch environment from your VPC or via the public Internet, configuring network access using VPC security groups or IP-based access policies. You can also securely authenticate your users and control access using Amazon Cognito and AWS IAM. With built-in encryption of data at-rest and in-transit you can protect your data both when it is stored in your domain or in automated snapshots, and when it is transferred between nodes in your domain. You can also audit the API calls on your domain using AWS CloudTrail.

Highly available

You can configure your Amazon Elasticsearch domains for high availability by choosing to deploy your instances across multiple AZs (up to three). If you enable replicas for your indexes, the shards will automatically be distributed such that you have cross-zone replication.


With Amazon Elasticsearch Service, you pay only for what you use. There is no upfront fee or usage requirement. If you choose Reserved Instances for a one- or three- year term, you can run Amazon Elasticsearch Service at significantly discounted prices. Because Amazon Elasticsearch is a fully managed service, you don’t need a team of Elasticsearch experts to provision, monitor, and manage the infrastructure, resulting in lower total cost of operations.

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