Learn about Elastic 8.12 which includes the GA of the Elastic AI Assistant for Observability, update to Apache Lucene 9.9 with scalar quantization, new machine learning capabilities, CSPM integration for Microsoft Azure, enhanced Elastic Agent functionality, and more.
Elastic Search helps developers implement modern search and discovery experiences. The 8.12 release includes the update to Apache Lucene 9.9, new machine learning capabilities, the GA of connectors (such as Azure Blob Storage, Google Cloud Storage, Amazon S3 and more), a simplified developer experience with many
_inference API enhancements, and more.
Elastic Security unifies SIEM, endpoint security, and cloud security to detect, investigate, and respond to threats at cloud scale. The 8.12 release includes the technical preview of real-time personalized alert insights in the Elastic AI Assistant for Security, the GA of CSPM integration for Microsoft Azure (all 3 major hyperscalers are now covered!), the tech preview of two-way integration with SentinelOne, the GA of alert assignment enhancements, and more.
Elastic Observability transforms metrics, logs, and traces into actionable IT insights to unify observability across the digital ecosystem. The 8.12 release brings the GA of Elastic AI Assistant for Observability which comes with an integrated knowledge base for organizations to link their application documentation to train the AI Assistant responses about the Observability data, GA of SLO updates, mobile APM support based on OpenTelemetry, and more.
As you know, all of Elastic’s out-of-the box solutions are built on one platform — the Elasticsearch® Platform. All users, regardless of use case, benefit from core enhancements: big advancements to text, vector, and hybrid search — based on our contributions toward scalar quantization and search concurrency, optimization of query parallelization in Elasticsearch® and enhancements to Kibana® including ES|QL query editing in Dashboard.
- Faster and more efficient vector search, based on Apache Lucene 9.9, the fastest Lucene release ever
- Scalar quantization of vectors with a new index options type for vectors:
- kNN vector search as a query, instead of a top level element in the search request. This simplifies the syntax for vector search and allows combining vector search with other search mechanisms.
- Saving the norm at ingest for a more efficient cosine similarity: using cosine becomes just as efficient as when using dot product.
- FMA instructions for vector search: this improves vector indexing performance and query latency for dot product and cosine similarity. More information about this change is available in our Vector similarity computations FMA-style blog.
- Geo queries in ES|QL
- Geo_shape runtime field
- Query parallelization: after adding vector search parallelization in 8.10, we are now adding similar parallelization for most other queries and aggregations. The impact on aggregations is particularly significant, sometimes cutting the latency to less than a half of what it previously was.
_simulateAPI is now showing all the executed pipelines, which is helpful in case of usage of the reroute processor.
- Even more handy access to status of remote searches: the clusters and shards tab in Kibana’s Inspector introduced in 8.11 benefits from a much quicker and easier way to find the subset that had a particular status, or the status from a particular cluster.
- Maintenance windows to reduce alert noise and suppress notifications and Connector improvements for PagerDuty and ServiceNow ITSM alert actions in Kibana Alerting.
- Edit ES|QL queries in a dashboard: this also allows users to select among different chart suggestions directly from the dashboard.
Elastic 8.12 is available now on Elastic Cloud — the only hosted Elasticsearch offering to include all of the new features in this latest release.
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