Getting Started w/ Elastic & How Kenna uses Ansible with Elasticsearch


Mar 27, 2019, 11:00 PM – Mar 28, 2019, 1:00 AM


About this event

Join us for our next Elastic meetup! Thanks to Kenna for hosting us.

� Agenda
6:00 pm - Doors open, food & beverage will be provided
6:30 pm - Talk #1 Getting Started with the Elastic (ELK) Stack
7:00 pm - Talk #2 How Kenna uses Ansible with Elasticsearch
8:00 pm - We'll wrap things up

�️Presentation 1: Getting Started with the Elastic (ELK) Stack

This presentation and accompanying demo will illustrate the easiest way to get started with the Elastic Stack, and get some real time flowing metric data coming in off of your computer. Follow along for the high level introduction to use cases and features encompassed by the Elastic Stack.

�Speaker: My name is Matt and I am a Solutions Architect at Elastic based in Chicago, IL. I have been at Elastic for a little over a year and a half. Before my time here I spent some time at AWS where I found my passion for technology. When I am not diving into the ELK stack I enjoy watching everything Boston sports and my Cincinnati Bearcats.

�️Presentation 2: How Kenna uses Ansible with Elasticsearch

Kenna uses data science to help enterprises combine their infrastructure and application vulnerability data with exploit intelligence to measure risk, predict attacks, and prioritize remediation. Because customers need to access to their data quickly, at the core of our platform is Elasticsearch. In addition to our application search clusters, which run across 5 different VPCs, we also have a single centralized Elasticsearch cluster used for internal logging.

Managing all these different Elasticsearch clusters can be a daunting task. At Kenna, we use Ansible to automate everything. From production cluster deployments to developer VMs, backups, seed data, cluster upgrades/restarts, re-indexing and general cluster maintenance tasks, you name it, we have an Ansible playbook for it.

In this talk I want to walk through some of those playbooks and cover how we use Ansible dynamic EC2 inventory to manage production VPC Elasticsearch deployments AND development setup with a single Ansible role. I will also dive into how we use Ansible to automate other Elasticsearch tasks such as backups, cluster upgrades, restarts and issuing ad-hoc commands for cluster management.

�Speaker: Joe Doss, Director of Engineering Operations at Kenna Security

My name is Joe Doss and I am the Director of Engineering Operations at Kenna Security. I am passionate about Linux, Free Open Source Software, and automation with Ansible. I have been working at Kenna for over 3 years now and during that time have overhauled our infrastructure using Ansible which has allowed us to scale tremendously with ease. When I am not hacking on computers you can find me on the slopes snowboarding or brewing some tasty beer at home.

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March 27 – 28, 2019
11:00 PM – 1:00 AM UTC


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