A guide to the migration from self-managed Elasticsearch to Elastic Cloud

Elasticsearch to Elastic Cloud
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SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions are gaining more and more popularity. Companies from various industries appreciate them for their comprehensive nature, flexibility and ease of use. No wonder popular systems operating so far in the open-source and on-premises model are being transferred to the cloud. This also applies to Elasticsearch, which is a part of the Elastic Cloud. How can you migrate from Elasticsearch to Elastic Cloud, and why would you want to do that?

Migration to the cloud and its advantages

SaaS software has many advantages. The key benefits certainly include full independence — both from the company’s internet system and from the physical location. This type of platform can be used on any device, including portable devices. Moreover, the integration process is much faster and easier than in the case of open-source programs, which often require specialist knowledge and the creation of dedicated solutions.

Financial matters should not be forgotten; SaaS software operates in a specific billing model, thanks to which the user pays only for the resources used at the moment. Moreover, the payment for such a solution is not limited to a one-time investment but is a fixed operating cost that can be regularly deducted from tax.

How can you benefit from migrating to Elastic Cloud?

Migrating from Elasticsearch to Elastic Cloud will give you all the benefits of SaaS software. So, you will gain access to technical support, training and consultation guaranteed by the operator. You will also save a lot of money as the service will be perfectly tailored to your needs, so you will not be paying for features that you do not need. Let us look at the most important advantages of Elastic Cloud:

Easier setup

Elastic Cloud is easy to implement and works with various cloud providers — Azure, Google and AWS. You can make any changes via the elastic.co website or directly in Azure. The latter option is usually more expensive, but on the other hand, it allows you to control all expenses in one place, which can add value from a business point of view.

Simplified administration

When you decide to move your application to the cloud, you can count on the full support of Elasticsearch Service. You do not have to deal with maintenance either at the configuration stage or later during everyday use. Thanks to this, you save time that you can devote to issues important for the development of your organization.

Financial savings

As already mentioned, Elastic Cloud operates in a very friendly billing model. From the available subscription plans, you can choose the one that is best suited to the specifics of your business. Cloud software is scalable, which means that it provides you with exactly the resources you need at the moment. Thanks to this, you do not pay for unused computing power, which would be necessary with a regular on-premise system.

System control

Migrating to Elastic Cloud makes it easier to manage programmers’ work and increases the team’s flexibility. It maintains better control over what is happening in the environment. Although the software does not allow access to some elements, it is definitely easier to use and guarantees smoother operation.

Flexible data processing

In Elastic Cloud, the user decides which provider (Azure, Google, AWS) should host the cluster. Thanks to this, you can decide on the most profitable solution for you. The system is able to adapt to load changes by autonomously allocating and removing resources so that they best meet the demand at any time.

Differences between Elasticsearch and Elastic Cloud

Elasticsearch is a real-time search engine based on Lucene, an open-source platform. Clients use it through self-management, which has both advantages and disadvantages. While it is fully independent of providers, it is associated with higher costs and more difficult handling. Elastic cloud, on the other hand, is a service that provides Elasticsearch functions in the form of a SaaS platform. It does not require technical knowledge, guarantees greater data security and is scalable, and thus is more profitable to use.

How to migrate from Elasticsearch to Elastic Cloud

If you think migrating from Elasticsearch to Elastic Cloud is difficult and demanding, we have good news for you. It is an exceptionally simple process that does not require large time resources or the participation of many specialists. Detailed instructions can be found on the Elastic website. If you want to learn more about the software itself, please see the detailed article about it: How to migrate from self-managed Elasticsearch to Elastic Cloud