The ELK stack is a popular set of tools consisting of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana. These three tools form a software stack that can function as an extremely powerful centralized network data analytics and server log visualization tool. The ELK stack is also designed to be very capable of scaling out across multiple servers for load balancing. In this how-to we will be installing all components of the ELK stack onto a single server.
- A server running Debian 8. If you do not have a server already, Atlantic.net offers reliable cloud hosting servers you can spin up in under 30 seconds.
Other operating systems are supported, but this article concentrates on Debian 8.