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Elastic Beats and the ELK Stack

Shane Ducksbury explains where Elastic Beats fits in the ELK stack:

After my last blog post about Logstash, Elasticsearch, and Kibana, I wanted to investigate something else I kept coming across during my Logstash research: Elastic Beats.

Beats initially appeared to me to be a way to send data to Elasticsearch, the same as Logstash, leading me to wonder how Beats is different and where it fits in the ELK stack. In this blog, I’ll take a deeper look at Beats to understand how it works, what you might use it for, and how it compares with Logstash.

Read on to learn more about Elastic Beats and how this is quite different from Logstash.