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By Eleanor Bennett


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You may remember from our previous update (published August 2nd 2021) that we announced our initial support for the beta version of OpenSearch, well today we are pleased to announce that we’ve recently launched OpenSearch & OpenSearch dashboards 2.0.0 available for all platform users to use from today.

OpenSearch and OpenSearch Dashboards is an open-source search and analytics suite, that is the newest addition to’s fully managed platform that also includes hosted ELK (consisting of Elasticsearch, Logstash & Kibana), Open Distro, Prometheus and Grafana.

OpenSearch and OpenSearch dashboards are the current definitions that refer to the rebranded offering of Open Distro for Elasticsearch which was announced by Amazon Web Services (AWS) on September 8th, 2021.

OpenSearch is based upon a fork of Elasticsearch 7.10.2 and OpenDashboards extends upon this to include Kibana version (7.10.2). These versions of Elasticsearch and Kibana are built on fully open source Apache licensing unlike versions of the ELK stack launched after 7.10.2 which are published under a proprietary dual license.

As OpenSearch is based upon a hard fork of Elasticsearch, it is expected that the functionality of the two offerings will diverge over time, fortunately, this means that users of OpenSearch will be able to explore additional features and new improvements with each subsequent version release (in line with the Opensearch Project Roadmap).

A few of the benefits of using hosted Opensearch over typical Elasticsearch include:

  • Cross compatible with Query DSL, OpenSearch SQL and Piped Processing Language (PPL)
  • Advanced RBAC (role-based access controls)
  • Anomaly detection
  • Scheduled reports
  • Trace analytics
  • Multi-tenancy

As we are continuously working to improve the number of hosted solutions offered as part of our centralised platform for the complete management of metrics, logs and traces, we always make sure to prioritise the steps most essential to offering enterprise scalability and industry-leading customer experience.

If you enjoyed this update then why not check out our Kibana query language cheat sheet or PromQL cheat sheet.

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