Question from a noob

Hey everyone,

To give you some background, I have been tasked with evaluating Elastic
Search from an operations perspective and by no means am I a developer. I
have worked with SOLR before, (installing, adminsterting, running queries,
etc) but I have never inserted any data.

My question is, how can I load tons of data into elasticsearch? My goal is
to first hand understand the sharding portion in terms of redundancy and
high availability, and then figure out how to make it perform extremely
well. Unfortunately I don't have any data to test with, aside from the
Twitter examples.

Any help would be truly appreciated. Thanks1