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Elasticsearch 5.0 – Site Plugins Are Back and General Availability is Here

Steve Croce

By Steve Croce

Posted on: December 8, 2016

Last month we launched Elasticsearch and Kibana 5.0 as an early access option for new clusters on ObjectRocket for Elasticsearch. Since then, we’ve been continuing to improve the experience and are now ready to remove the early access label and declare Elasticsearch 5.0 general availability on the ObjectRocket platform.

Also, as a bonus, we’re adding back hosting of site plugins for Elasticsearch 5.0 clusters. Site plugins, like Kopf, have been a key interface for a lot of our customers to work with their clusters, so we’re excited to be able to bring them back to the platform.

Site Plugins are Back!

Prior to Elasticsearch 5.0, there was the concept of site plugins where a plugin can serve up static web content. Those could be used to host dashboards or really anything on your cluster that needed its own site, directly from an Elasticsearch node. In Elasticsearch 5.0, support for site plugins has been removed (actually for pretty good security reasons), which left a gap for a number of users.

The elasticsearch-head, Kopf, and ElasticHQ site plugins have been really popular on the ObjectRocket platform and have been an option for almost all versions of Elasticsearch that we host. However, with Elasticsearch 5.0, we initially were not able to support them for new clusters during our early access period, due to the changes in site plugin support in Elasticsearch 5.0.

We’ve been working on that, and now THEY’RE BACK! One of the advantages of our platform is that we have dedicated containers for the various Elasticsearch cluster roles. This gives us the ability to host the web serving portion of the plugin on a separate host. Also, the plugins still live within your ObjectRocket for Elasticsearch cluster, so security features, like ACLs, are still in place. Our docs site has more detail on which plugins we support on each version of Elasticsearch and Kibana.

To connect to the site plugins, you can use the same buttons at the top of the UI as previous versions.

Try Elasticsearch 5.0 on ObjectRocket Now!

We’re now GA for Elasticsearch 5.0, so go ahead and create Elasticsearch 5.0 with Kibana 5.0 instances today in the ObjectRocket UI by selecting 5.0.0 as the version during the creation process.

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