What is Databases for Elasticsearch?

IBM Cloud™ Databases for Elasticsearch combines the flexibility of a full-text search engine with the power of a JSON document database’s indexing. It comes together to create a powerful tool for rich data analysis on large volumes of data ready to power catalogs, autocompletion, log analysis, monitoring, blockchain analysis and more.

Databases for Elasticsearch features

Fully managed

Developers can focus on building applications rather than handling high availability, backups, logging, monitoring, scaling, hardware setup and software patching. IBM provides out-of-the-box integrations with IBM Identity and Access Management and IBM Activity Tracker to extend access control and auditing.


All data is encrypted at rest and in motion. You can leverage integrations with IBM Key Protect to bring your own encryption key for disk storage. All data-in-transit is secured with TLS connections, and data-at-rest is encrypted by default, always. Database backups are automatically encrypted at rest, and IP whitelists can be set for further access controls.

Serverless scaling

Databases for Elasticsearch allows you to scale disk and RAM independently to best fit your application requirements. Start small and grow large with elasticity just an API call away.

Open source compatible

The service is compatible with Elasticsearch APIs, data formats and clients, which means that applications that already leverage Elasticsearch can easily use Databases for Elasticsearch as a drop-in replacement.

Highly available

Standard configuration includes three data members configured for high availability to provide a 99.95% SLA. All deployments leverage multiple availability zones, with three data centers in a given region, where available. IBM provides a single endpoint for ease of use, but under the covers, the system is designed to be resilient to failure and reliable.

Automation aware

Go from whiteboard to production quickly with a management console, CLI and REST API. The management console supports features such as database settings and backup administration, while the CLI and API support database lifecycle events like provisioning, deletion, user creation and scaling. Databases for Elasticsearch also offers cloud-native admin options with an IBM Cloud CLI plug-in.

How customers use it

Log analysis

Analyze and visualize logs and machine-generated data from servers, sensors and websites to debug applications and systems.

Architecture diagram illustrating use of Elasticsearch databases for log analysis

Full-text search

Give your website or application the power of search with an industry-leading set of search APIs.

Architecture diagram illustrating use of Elasticsearch databases for full-text search

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