OpenSearch has been a buzz in DevOps over the first half of 2021. The project is moving forward, but understandably there are a lot of questions. This article will address some of those frequently asked questions, and will be updated to address more over time.
What is the OpenSearch Project?
OpenSearch is an open source software project launched in 2021 as a fork of the Elasticsearch and Kibana projects, with development led by Amazon Web Services. The project includes a database (also named OpenSearch) and a frontend visualization and analytics called OpenSearch Dashboards.
Why was the OpenSearch project created?
In January 2021, Elastic, the company behind the Elastic Stack (made up of the Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash projects, and often known as the ELK Stack or Elastic Stack) – announced that it would shift to a dual licensing structure based on the Server Side Public License (SSPL) and the Elastic License – neither of which has been recognized as an open source license by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).
This move to a proprietary dual license created a clear demand for an open source alternative, laying the foundation for introducing OpenSearch.