Elasticsearch 5.0: Site Plugins are Back, GA Availability is Here

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.

They’re back!

Prior to Elasticsearch 5.0, users were able to use site plugins to serve up static web content. They could be used to host dashboards, or really anything on your cluster that needed it’s own site, directly from an Elasticsearch node. In Elasticsearch 5.0, support for site plugins was removed (for pretty good security reasons), but that left a gap for a number of users.

The elasticsearch-headKopf 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 details 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 user interface as previous versions.

Try Elasticsearch 5.0 on ObjectRocket now

We’re now general availability for Elasticsearch 5.0, so go ahead and create Elasticsearch 5.0 with Kibana 5.0 instances today in the ObjectRocket user interface by selecting 5.0.0 during the creation process.

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Steve Croce joined Rackspace in 2015 and currently works in the Datastores group as product manager for Rackspace Cloud Databases and ObjectRocket Elasticsearch. He has 15 years experience in the tech industry with roles in hardware and software ranging from development to product management and marketing. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from MIT and now lives in Austin, TX with his wife and two children.


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