Hi. I'm somewhat familiar with Splunk, because our company invested in it.
Now it's proving to be expensive so we're looking for alternatives. (It's a
super tool though)
ElasticSearch was recommended on Quora. But downloading and trying to
install it is hideous. This seems for tech nerds. Or am I missing
something? I'm on a Mac OSX and want to try it out. The Splunk or SumoLogic
installs were 10 seconds and I was up and running.
Could someone please point me to a simple guide to:
Install the whole thing: including "LogStash" and "Kibana", because just
searching is not what I wish to do, I want to make sense of the data and
therefore dashboarding is important. I couldn't find a simple step by step
tutorial or guide on the website to install this whole stack. Google turns
up stuff like this --
which is ridiculously dysfunctional. (And I don't want to install "brew"
just to install simple stuff.)
Secondly, once installed, I'd like to know how to simply get the data
into the index from:
a) a MySQL database
b) a folder with XML files...I want to slurp all the files into the
index, and then incrementally only get new files in the future
c) a folder with text log files...and same incremental auto-pickup as (b)
Don't seem to find a simple non-geeky guide to do this. I'm a programmer in
PHP and web technologies (JS etc), and manage my own dedicated Linux
hosting, so not averse to code or commands, but want to find some coherent
and simple guide.
- Thirdly, the demo.kibana.org is hideous. It looks like the best way to
UN-sell this technology. Is there a better place I could see actual Kibana
in use, you know, with a proper dashboard that doesn't look like a screen
from The Matrix in dark black? I'm looking for a business dashboard with
proper dropdown based filters etc. And the ability perhaps to use third
party libraries such as D3 JS.
Finally, where's the pricing info? Is ElasticSearch completely free?
There's no pricing info anywhere, only the cost of helping out. Is this why
the documentation etc is so poor so that they can charge for helping?
Many thanks for any pointers. I really want to give this a shot.
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