Kibana is an open-source data visualization and exploration tool used for log and time series analytics, application monitoring, and operational intelligence use cases. Kibana offers tight integration with Elasticsearch, a popular analytics and search engine, which makes Kibana the default choice for visualizing data stored in Elasticsearch. Kibana is also popular due to its powerful and easy-to-use features such as histograms, line graphs, pie charts, heat maps, and built-in geospatial support.

Is Kibana free to use?

Kibana is a free open-source analytics and visualization tool. You can run Kibana on-premises, on Amazon EC2, or on Amazon Elasticsearch Service. With on-premises or Amazon EC2 deployments, you install Kibana software and maintain it yourself. With Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Kibana is automatically deployed with your domain.

Kibana Benefits

Interactive Charts

Kibana offers intuitive charts and reports that you can use to interactively navigate vast amounts of log data. You can dynamically drag time windows, zoom into specific data subsets, zoom out to see the bigger picture, and drill down on reports to extract actionable insights from your data.

Mapping Support

Kibana comes with powerful geospatial capabilities so that you can seamlessly layer in geographical information on top of your data and visualize results on maps.

Pre-built Aggregations and Filters

Using Kibana’s pre-built aggregations and filters, you can easily run a variety of analytics like histograms, top-N queries, and trends with just a few clicks.

Easy Distribution of Dashboards

You can easily share dashboards and reports with anyone on your team or outside. All they need is a browser to view and explore the data.

What is Kibana used for?

Log Analytics – Analyze un-structured and semi-structured logs generated by servers, applications, mobile devices, and more for a wide variety of applications such as digital marketing, application monitoring, fraud detection, ad tech, gaming, and IoT. Kibana provides analytics templates and visualization tools to explore large amounts of log data and easily gain valuable insights about your machines, applications, and users.

Time Series Analytics – Kibana offers readily available charts and reports to find trends in your data. You can easily drag time windows, and Kibana will perform aggregations on the fly, allowing you to investigate and understand trends in an interactive fashion.

IT Operations Monitoring – Capture server logs and push them into your Elasticsearch cluster. Elasticsearch indexes the data and makes it available for analysis in near real-time (less than one second). You can then use Kibana to visualize the data and perform operational analyses like identifying network issues and disk I/O problems. Your on-call teams can perform statistical aggregations to identify root cause and fix issues.

Getting Started with Kibana on AWS

It’s easy to get started with Kibana on AWS. Amazon Elasticsearch Service comes bundled with Kibana. Simply sign into the AWS Management Console, launch your first Amazon Elasticsearch Service domain, load your data, and start analyzing the data from the Kibana end-point for your domain.

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