Have you ever had that feeling when – due to sheer excitement – it’s hard to decide what to talk about first because there’s just too much to tell? Well, that’s where I’m at right now… Please allow me to jump right in.
One of the most illustrative news items of last year was around our download numbers: 2012 was without any doubt the year Elasticsearch took off like a rocket ship. Within a year, our download numbers went from around 50k/month to more than 200k/month and we surpassed the 1.5 million downloads mark. In all my years in open source, including my years at SpringSource, I have never witnessed anything as spectacular as the speed at which the world is adopting Elasticsearch. Personally, I believe the popularity of the product isn’t that hard to explain. I remember our investor Peter Fenton tweeting the following last November when we announced our Series-A with Benchmark:
“Jaw-dropping momentum, Big Data’s killer app has arrived:@elasticsearch Benchmark thrilled to back the team…”
I believe this statement to be spot on as Elasticsearch is groundbreaking in two very relevant aspects:
1) Its power to drive information out of extremely large volumes of data
2) Its user friendliness
These two design characteristics combined with Elasticsearch being fast, real-time and highly scalable make that it lives up to Peter’s aforementioned claim. Here’s what I wrote about our Series-A investment from Benchmark, Rod Johnson and Data Collective last November.
Another set of important highlights (which get us really fired up, and provide for very rewarding reading material) are the use cases we encounter in the wild. We now know Elasticsearch is literally used everywhere there’s data – and as we all know – companies are accumulating more data every day. To put it in perspective, Wired recently described Elasticsearch at “Your Own Private Google.” The article provides for an interesting read, so I recommend checking it out.
However, there are many more use cases for Elasticsearch, and though out 2012 many people have been kind enough to share their experiences with us. To pick a few, here are some publications that are interesting to everyone considering making a move on Elasticsearch as their search & analytics runtime of choice.
At Elasticsearch we’re grateful for all those wonderful stories that are being shared online by so many people. It’s great inspiration for the entire Elasticsearch team and undoubtedly also for people considering test-driving Elasticsearch for a bit.
So thank you very much for sharing – and we look forward to hearing more from you in 2013.