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.