Kibana is an open-source data visualization and exploration tool used for log and time-series analytics, application monitoring, and operational intelligence use cases. It offers powerful and easy-to-use features such as histograms, line graphs, pie charts, heat maps, and built-in geospatial support. Also, it provides tight integration with Elasticsearch, a popular analytics and search engine, which makes Kibana the default choice for visualizing data stored in Elasticsearch.

Is Kibana free to use?

Yes, Kibana is a free, open-source visualization tool. You can run Kibana on-premises, on Amazon EC2, or on Amazon Elasticsearch Service. With on-premises or Amazon EC2 deployments, you are responsible for provisioning the infrastructure, installing Kibana software, and managing the cluster. With Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Kibana is deployed automatically with your domain as a fully managed service, automatically taking care of all the heavy-lifting to manage the cluster.

Kibana benefits

Interactive charts

Kibana offers intuitive charts and reports that you can use to interactively navigate through large amounts of log data. You can dynamically drag time windows, zoom in and out of specific data subsets, and drill down on reports to extract actionable insights from your data.

Mapping support

Kibana comes with powerful geospatial capabilities so you can seamlessly layer in geographical information on top of your data and visualize results on maps.

Pre-built aggregations and filters

Using Kibana’s pre-built aggregations and filters, you can run a variety of analytics like histograms, top-N queries, and trends with just a few clicks.

Easily Accessible Dashboards

You can easily set up dashboards and reports and share them with others. All you need is a browser to view and explore the data.

Getting started with Kibana on AWS

To make it easy for customers to run Elasticsearch and Kibana, AWS offers Amazon Elasticsearch Service, a fully managed service that delivers Elasticsearch with built-in Kibana. To get started, simply load your data into an Amazon Elasticsearch Service domain and analyze it using the provided Kibana end-point. You can try Kibana on Amazon Elasticsearch Service for free using the AWS Free Tier.

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