Why is Logstash not part of Elastic Cloud?

I'm planning to start using ELK for logging and I've opened a trial Elastic Cloud account. However, I've noticed that Logstash is not included. I thought the idea behind using Elastic Cloud was so that we wouldn't need to provision and manage our own servers and clusters. But now I need to set up and maintain a Logstash server and integrate it with my Elasticsearch cluster.

Is there something I'm missing here? Is there a better way to do this without running a Logstash server? I know I could send logs directly from Beats to Elasticsearch, but my understanding is that Beats don't allow much transforming of the logs.


Yep, just Elasticsearch and Kibana at this stage. We are working towards Logstash though :slight_smile:

Yep, but you can also look at ingest nodes - Ingest Node | Elasticsearch Reference [6.2] | Elastic

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