Why ELK? Get Actionable Insights from your Data
The ever-growing value of data to the fundamentals of modern business operations has put a premium on collection and analysis of as much business-relevant data as possible. Issues arrive with a bottleneck, with regards to having the resources to get it analyzed as the skill set is both broad and niche stimulatingly.
Business systems generate data by the second (weblogs, transaction recipes, etc.) positioning yourself to understand and leverage it. Even seemly mundane data is potentially-valuable if you can learn to discover the messages buried in it.
MC+A’s goal is to help customers solve business problems rooted in the lack of insight from and accessibility to data that is useful. Our philosophy has always been to deliver better access to, and processing of data. This new relationship to data lays a crucial foundation for creating business processes that lead to data-driven decisions that focus on outcomes. Our approach to analytics is to simplify disparate, complex data to come up with a measurable result that will drive your business to success in a particular area.
Data is vital. But the next question often is “Now what?”
Why ELK, 3 Key Considerations
The Elastic Stack (aka ELK) is a robust solution for search, log management, and data analysis. ELK consists of a combination of three open source project: Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana. These projects have specific roles in ELK:
- Elasticsearch handles storage and provides a RESTful search and analytics endpoint.
- Logstash is a server-side data processing pipeline that ingests, transforms and loads data.
- Kibana lets you visualize your Elasticsearch data and navigate the Elastic Stack.
These tools combine to provide an all in one platform for data storage, retrieval, sorting and analysis. ELK is becoming the most common open source, log management platform used globally.
Here’s why you should be using ELK:
1 – Best in Class User Interface for Data Analysis
ELK features an elegant user interface that streamlines data analysis tasks so you can spend time exploring and reviewing data not trying to figure out how to navigate the interface. The only thing that you have to concern yourself with is the answer you are seeking.
2 – Data Visualization for the Amazing price of… Free
With ELK you can begin exploring your data right at the moment of inspiration. Kibana features out of the box visualizations, including histograms, line graphs, pie charts, sunbursts, and more. You can also choose to use Vega grammar to design custom visualizations.
3 – Extendable Source and Aggregation. Possibilities Oh my!
You can configure Logstash to accept data from a variety of sources.
Logash is essentially a streamline ETL pipeline that allows an array of options to filter and transform data to suit your needs.
Scale to your Business Use Case
Data analysis can help you uncover the underlying causes of business issues. ELK supports many log management and analysis use cases that can derive insights from data. This analysis includes IT operations, customer support, business intelligence, security, and more. Discover what your data is saying and what you can it do for your business.
Start Leveraging ELK
MC+A has over 10 years of experience assisting customers to gain insights from their data. We would love to have a discussion with on how we can help you scale ELK. Contact Us today.