Kibana is a 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.

On January 21, 2021, Elastic NV announced that they would change their software licensing strategy and not release new versions of Elasticsearch and Kibana under the permissive Apache License, Version 2.0 (ALv2) license. Instead, new versions of the software will be offered under the Elastic license, with source code available under the Elastic License or SSPL. These licenses are not open source and do not offer users the same freedoms. To ensure that the open source community and our customers continue to have a secure, high-quality, fully open source search and analytics suite, we introduced the OpenSearch project, a community-driven, ALv2 licensed fork of open source Elasticsearch and Kibana. The OpenSearch suite consists of a search engine, OpenSearch, and a visualization and user interface, OpenSearch Dashboards.

You can run Apache 2.0 licensed Kibana versions (up until version 7.10.2) on-premises, on Amazon EC2, or on Amazon OpenSearch Service (successor to Amazon Elasticsearch Service). OpenSearch Dashboards is an open source alternative to Kibana, which is also available to self-manage. It was derived from the last open source version of Kibana (7.10.2) and contains many advancements and is well supported via the OpenSearch Project. With on-premises or Amazon EC2 deployments, you are responsible for provisioning the infrastructure, installing Kibana or OpenSearch Dashboards software, and managing the infrastructure. With Amazon OpenSearch Service, Kibana or OpenSearch Dashboards are 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 open-source Elasticsearch and Kibana, AWS offers Amazon OpenSearch Service, a fully managed service that delivers 19 versions of open-source Elasticsearch with built-in Kibana. To get started, simply load your data into an Amazon OpenSearch Service domain and analyze it using the provided Kibana end-point. You can try Kibana on Amazon OpenSearch Service for free using the AWS Free Tier.

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