Moving to Amazon Elasticsearch Service from self-managed Elasticsearch and other search and log analytics solutions makes it easy to deploy, secure, and run Elasticsearch cost-effectively and at scale. Managing on-premises Elasticsearch is complicated, resource intensive, and expensive. In addition to providing managed open source Elasticsearch and Kibana, Amazon Elasticsearch Service includes a full range of advanced capabilities such as the scalable storage tier UltraWarm, fine-grained access control, anomaly detection, alerting, remote re-indexing, ML-backed search result ranking, trace analytics, and more.

Why migrate?

Easy to deploy and manage

Amazon Elasticsearch Service simplifies management tasks like hardware provisioning, software installation and patching, failure recovery, backups, and monitoring. You don’t need to have a dedicated team of Elasticsearch experts to manage your clusters. Amazon Elasticsearch Service includes built-in event monitoring and alerting, so you can get notified of any changes to your clusters’ health.


Amazon Elasticsearch Service provides a full array of advanced capabilities without charging additional licensing fees. There are no inter-Availability Zone (inter-AZ) charges and hourly snapshots are provided at no extra cost. You can leverage capabilities such as enterprise grade security, real-time alerting, cross-cluster search, automated index management, and anomaly detection, to build log analytics and search solutions at the scale and speed you need. With UltraWarm, you can run fast, interactive analytics on up to three petabytes of log data while reducing cost per GB by nearly 90% compared to the hot storage tier.

More scalable and reliable

Amazon Elasticsearch Service enables you to store data on a petabyte scale in a single cluster. You can easily query data across multiple clusters, which enables you to analyze all of your data via a single Kibana interface. It is designed to be highly reliable using multi-Availability Zone (AZ) deployments so that you can replicate data between up to three AZs in the same region. There is zero downtime when you make software updates and upgrades or scale your environment.

Secure and compliant

Amazon Elasticsearch Service takes care of all security patches and offers network isolation via VPC, fine-grained access control and multi-tenant Kibana support. You can choose to encrypt your data at rest and in flight. Amazon Elasticsearch Service is also HIPAA eligible and compliant with PCI DSS, SOC, ISO, and FedRAMP standards to help you meet industry-specific or regulatory requirements.

Common migrations


Pinterest case study

Learn how migrating to Amazon Elasticsearch allowed Pinterest to cut costs and scale more quickly and efficiently.

Learn how Pinterest migrated to Elasticsearch »


Pearson case study

Learn how Pearson quickly saw improvements by migrating from its self-managed open-source Elasticsearch architecture to Amazon Elasticsearch Service.

Learn how Pearson migrated to Elasticsearch »


Autodesk case study

Learn how Autodesk, a leading provider of 3D design and engineering software, migrated to Amazon Elasticsearch Service to improve its log analysis capabilities.

Learn how Autodesk migrated to Elasticsearch »


Compass case study

Learn how Compass’, a global real estate company, migrated to Amazon Elasticsearch Service to be able to deliver high-quality property searches and saved searches for their customers.

Learn how Compass migrated to Elasticsearch »

Migration tools

If you are looking to move to Amazon Elasticsearch Service, we can provide expert advice and tools to re-factor your search or log analytics solution and issue funding and incentives to migrate in a cost-neutral way.

For qualified customers, the Database Freedom Program offers:

  • Expert advice: Guidance through the Proof of Concept (POC) and migration process.
  • Tooling: Hands-on assistance through a combination of the following: AWS Partners or AWS Professional Services.
  • Financial incentives: Funding to accelerate progress at all stages of a migration.


Recent AWS re:Invent and Summit sessions on Elasticsearch migrations

AWS re:Invent 2018: Get the most out of your Amazon Elasticsearch Service domain (58:24)
AWS re:Invent 2019: Simplifying and modernizing home search at Compass with Amazon ES (56:01)
AWS re:Invent 2019: Sophos: Build security solutions using Amazon Elasticsearch Service (46:04))
AWS re:Invent 2019: Intuit: Moving from monitoring to observability using Amazon ES (57:48)
AWS re:Invent 2019: Amazon ES ingest at Pearson—managing high throughput and scale (55:24)

Recent AWS Online Tech Talks on Elasticsearch migrations

Moving from self-managed Elasticsearch to Amazon Elasticsearch Service: AWS Tech Talks (47:32)

Recent blogs on Elasticsearch migrations


Introducing Amazon Elasticsearch Service as a target in AWS Database Migration Service


Scale Amazon Elasticsearch Service for AWS Database Migration Service migrations


Moving to managed: The case for the Amazon Elasticsearch Service

Learn how to get started with Amazon Elasticsearch Service

Visit the getting started page