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Amazon CloudSearch

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Score 7.3 out of 101

Elasticsearch

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Score 8.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudSearch

Amazon Cloudsearch can be suitable for some queries that require fast data. For example, in our case, we used CloudSearch, in a tool called Global Search. That will search everything like names, emails and a lot of stuff in our application. If you want fast data and you have a simple query, Global Search isn't appropriate for you.
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Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch is a great solution if you want lightening quick querying of data, especially text-based querying. If you are doing a lot of writing/updating to your database, this is not the best use case and you may want to evaluate other NoSQL solutions
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Pros

  • Really fast queries
  • Good Reporting
  • Reduce the cost of the server
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  • Elasticsearch has a great ecosystem and user base.
  • Elasticsearch is easy to use and set up (once you have the basic training).
  • The document/searching focused feature of the database is perfect for log management (or any searching) application.
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Cons

  • Can take some time to implement
  • The initial configuration can be tricky
  • Takes some time to update the values
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  • I wish many of the features in the X-Pack were native.
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Elasticsearch10.0
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We're pretty heavily invested in ElasticSearch at this point, and there aren't any obvious negatives that would make us reconsider this decision.
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Usability

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Elasticsearch10.0
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To get started with Elasticsearch, you don't have to get very involved in configuring what really is an incredibly complex system under the hood. You simply install the package, run the service, and you're immediately able to begin using it. You don't need to learn any sort of query language to add data to Elasticsearch or perform some basic searching.If you're used to any sort of RESTful API, getting started with Elasticsearch is a breeze. If you've never interacted with a RESTful API directly, the journey may be a little more bumpy. Overall, though, it's incredibly simple to use for what it's doing under the covers.
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Implementation

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Elasticsearch9.0
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Do not mix data and master roles. Dedicate at least 3 nodes just for Master
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Alternatives Considered

I didn't investigate the best alternatives to CloudSearch, but did help with implementing this feature in our application. But from what i tested and used - Cloudsearch is very fast to get queries. Some negative points can be the time to implement this and some configurations that can be tricky.
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Other services, such as Alienvault or MongoDB, are not designed to integrate as well with parsing log data. Graphite was much more difficult to work into an usable product as it does not integrate as easily with log parsing plugins. Elasticsearch had the right features to provide what we needed out of the box rather than requiring us to write numerous custom tools just to get the basic features.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive Point - Reduced the server load
  • Negative point - Not suitable for all queries
  • Negative Point - Time to implement this feature
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  • Most of elasticsearch is free except few things which most of the organizations can live without or have a workaround. Not having to pay splunk whole bunch of money is a huge ROI right there.
  • Indexing the logs and making it searchable has a huge impact on the way we operate. Developers no longer have to log in to the system to know what's happening. Especially when we have hundreds of servers, having a central place for all the logs is essential to operate the system.
  • It's really easy to set up and maintain even in a scale. Its hot and warm cluster notion is awesome. The self-maintenance makes a huge impact on the need for system admins.
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudSearch

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Elasticsearch

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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