By Lee Smith


2 min read

The ELK stack is one of the most versatile pieces of software out there and has been used by all manner of organisations and companies to come up with invaluable analysis and data driven decisions. It can be almost infinitely tailored to a company’s needs thanks to its open-source nature, so the potential is mind-boggling. can help set up and tailor your hosted ELK solution; it's easy to set-up and will revolutionise your business overnight. How? In any number of ways. For instance, the US Geological Survey employs the ELK stack to take its seismographic data, taken from points all around the world, and combine it with data received by social media. These disparate forms of data simply didn’t tally up before, without thousands of man hours of data entry work and scales and systems that simply weren’t scientifically sound. With the ELK stack, this information flows seamlessly, in real time, and helps the US Geological Survey predict earthquakes with much greater accuracy. Here, Elasticsearch, Kibana 4 and Logstash are actually saving lives.

McGraw Hill Education, meanwhile, used the ELK stack to search, rank and index content recommendations across the entire internet to produce flexible textbooks. This is a monumental task that simple wasn’t possible before and now the ELK stack is making the whole process happen behind the scenes so that you, the consumer, simply gets the tailored content you want.

Even NASA is on in the act, using the open source software to process data taken from the Mars Rover and other critical areas. Goldman Sachs, meanwhile, is now using the ELK stack to check, archive and search thousands of legal documents, among other things.

Verizon used the ELK stack to go through 500 billion documents and Yale University is using the ELK stack to analyse thousands of case studies to find the causes, potential treatments and even a possible cure for cancer.

The biggest organisations and companies in the world have turned to the ELK stack as a simple way of making the impossible, possible. Jobs that had to be done manually before - for example, combing through endless reports and documents to find a single phrase - can now be entrusted to the stack. Data that looked simply impenetrable can now be woven into clear and actionable insights at the push of a button and we have still just begun to scratch the surface of its potential.

If you enjoyed this post on use cases for ELK then why not check out our post on how ELK can be used to solve common business concerns, or any of our other ELK blogs.

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