OK maybe I'm thoroughly confused. Is the ES 5.0.0. Alpha 3 announcement really saying that I won't be able to run ES 5 on my own servers? "the only place to get 5.0 upon release will be Elastic Cloud"
If so, I'm now looking for ES alternatives. I suspect it was meant as a joke or flippant way to say that the only "cloud based" offering of ES is on Elastic Cloud. Might want to edit that post as it's hit hacker news already.