Elastic 8.1 Released
March 09, 2022
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Elastic released Elastic 8.1.

New enhancements enable customers to stop advanced cyber threats with new prebuilt detections and data source integrations, and accelerate application development with deeper visibility into serverless architectures and continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines.

With enhanced end-to-end application performance monitoring visibility, customers can now collect traces from AWS Lambda, in beta, and correlate those traces with other Elastic Observability data—including from CI/CD environments—for faster and more comprehensive root cause analysis.

Additionally, support for OpenTelemetry logs, also in beta, enables organizations that use OpenTelemetry for traces and metrics to standardize data collection across all data types. The ability to ingest OpenTelemetry logs provides customers an opportunity to deploy a standardized, vendor-neutral observability architecture without losing correlation between signal types and layers.

Now generally available, the ability to enable doc-value-only fields gives customers the flexibility to index data faster while improving storage efficiency. With this new capability, customers can benefit from up to 20% faster indexing speeds and 20% lower data storage requirements, ultimately helping them accelerate time to insights while balancing cost and performance.

Customers can also leverage several new ad hoc analytics capabilities in Kibana Lens to enhance data exploration, including three new visualization types—gauge, waffle, and mosaic—and a new drag-and-drop capability to combine and compare multiple fields.

“As data volumes continue to grow and become more dispersed, cyber threats continue to rise,” said Santosh Krishnan, GM of Elastic Security, Elastic. “... Elastic offers faster indexing speeds, new prebuilt detections, and even more data source integrations to help analysts automate detection, improve prioritization, and accelerate threat analysis. These enhanced capabilities extend user visibility across digital ecosystems—including serverless architectures—and protect against advanced adversaries, while giving customers the flexibility to balance cost and performance.”

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