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Elasticsearch is a powerful open-source search engine for full text search.

Integrating the Service With Your App

After the creation of the service and the binding of the service to the application, the environment variable VCAP_SERVICES is created. This variable stores information about the credentials as shown here:

  "elasticsearch": [
    "binding_name": null,
    "credentials": {
     "full_access_password": "sBBpCWY8aSNZ53R0",
     "full_access_username": "eslB7cbcoW68wM7orP",
     "host": "https://d15c5caa5a3147ed9b9e3e4694162b3f.elasticsearch.lyra-836.appcloud.swisscom.com",
     "kibana_read_only_password": "v1ZNnxh1kkUqyxkR",
     "kibana_read_only_username": "kro7V1B1FS0Hw3gJPeT",
     "kibana_system_password": "I5Uwt7M2IHdQo8mP",
     "kibana_system_username": "ksrh817DjDmHCkiFnX",
     "logstash_system_password": "cfvVs0Vto2wt9V9L",
     "logstash_system_username": "lsE9steNcerSqJNQ38"
    "instance_name": "elasticsearch-service",
    "label": "elasticsearch",
    "name": "elasticsearch-service",
    "plan": "xxsmall",
    "provider": null,
    "syslog_drain_url": null,
    "tags": [
    "volume_mounts": []

User Privileges

Each binding comes with a set of four users with different privileges.

  • kibana_read_only_username: a user which has read access to Kibana. This user should be used when giving access to your Kibana.
  • full_access_username: a user which has read and write access to all indices. This user is optimal for integration with your appication.
  • kibana_system_username: a system user for the Kibana application.
  • logstash_system_username: a system user for the Logstash application


Our Elasticsearch service comes with X-Pack preinstalled and activated. The X-Pack license fee is included in the price.


Starting a Kibana for your service is very simple. Just push an App with the Kibana buildpack.

You can find a guide on how to set up Kibana here: Elasticsearch Buildpacks


Starting a Logstash for your service is very simple. Just push an app with the Logstash buildpack

You can find a guide on how to set-up Logstash here: Elasticsearch Buildpacks


Curator is integrated into the Logstash buildpack.

High Availability

The Elasticsearch cluster consists of 3 nodes in 3 different availability zones. By default, each index in Elasticsearch has 5 primary shards and 1 replica allocated to it. If you don’t want to use the default settings, make sure to configure the number of shards & replicas accordingly in the index templates. Swisscom cannot guarantee the availability of your data unless you configure at least one replica.

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