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Platform.sh partners with Elasticsearch to supercharge our applications

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13 September, 2023
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We are excited to announce that Platform.sh now offers the latest releases of Elasticsearch to all of our customers going forward! Take full advantage of the new features of Elasticsearch version 8 and integrate more artificial intelligence (AI) into your applications today. 

In this article, we’ll dive into Platform.sh’s new Elasticsearch partnership, where you can find out the latest information on Elasticsearch versions and features, and how you can upgrade your Platform.sh projects with the latest versions in minimal time. 

If you can’t wait to test out the latest version of Elasticsearch, you can also contact our sales team directly to upgrade for an additional charge, at any time. 

Please note: Previous versions of Elasticsearch that were available to Platform.sh users prior to version 7.10 have reached their end-of-life status and are no longer supported. Our new partnership with Elasticsearch ensures that our customers can purchase a premium service to upgrade Elasticsearch without any discontinuity.

What is Elasticsearch?

Elasticsearch is a distributed search and analytics engine for all types of data, including textual, numerical, geospatial, structured, and unstructured. However, due to licensing reasons cloud providers were not allowed to offer the most recent releases of Elasticsearch for free to their customers. This meant that our customers were stuck with the 7.10 release which has been unsupported for many years—but that’s all changed now.

Thanks to our new partnership with Elasticsearch, we now support releases 7.18, 8.5, and all future minor releases on all of our products, including Grid, Dedicated Generation 2, and Dedicated Generation 3.

The Elasticsearch features you need to know about

Each major and minor release of Elasticsearch brings a lot of new features and improvements to dive into and try out. 

The 8.x branch brings more AI-powered search features and  promises “a new era of speed, scale, relevance, and simplicity. With enhancements to Elasticsearch’s vector search capabilities, native support for modern natural language processing models, increasingly simplified data onboarding, and a streamlined security experience.” The Elastic blog is full of resources and details about the new features for every minor and major release—give it a read and find out even more about them!

How to upgrade

The first step is to get in touch with our sales team to purchase the Elasticsearch  upgrade for your project. Once that’s done, you will have to then configure a new service in the same way you would do for any other service: 

searchelastic:
	type: elasticsearch-enterprise:8.5
	disk: 256

In .platform.app.yaml

relationships:
	essearch: "searchelastic:elasticsearch"

If you are already using an Elasticsearch service, feel free to read our documentation about upgrading.

Make the most of the latest Elasticsearch releases now available on Platform.sh and contact us to upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible and as always, let us know if you have any questions!

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