Elasticsearch: What if your database was a search engine?

Benjamin Dauvissat • Location: Theater 5 • Back to Haystack 2023

Elasticsearch is a search and data analysis engine for indexing and visualizing data. But also, it is among the top 10 data management systems in terms of popularity among the community. Its NoSQL features certainly help: the ability to store very large volumes of data, the flexibility of its schema, the rich API, read performance as well as some relational features like joins and nested documents. In this talk, we’ll go over the features that turn Elasticsearch into a real database and explain how they’re used in different use cases.

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Benjamin Dauvissat


Benjamin is a French Java developer since the late 1990s who became passionate about Elasticsearch some years ago. Always eager to learn new things, he enjoys experimenting with new technologies in various side projects. He currently works at Adelean, a French company that specializes in search engines such as Elasticsearch and Solr.