The Basics of Bonsai

  • How is Bonsai’s architecture set up?

    Bonsai provides key security, reliability, performance, and logging features for every customer. Here is an overview of our platform.

  • Why is Bonsai a better solution for Heroku customers than AWS Elasticsearch/Swiftype/the Elastic Cloud/Algolia?

    Heroku users expect things to just work. While there are other search solutions that are easy to use, these solutions impose significant limitations on what a user can and cannot do with their search engine.

    Bonsai makes it easy to deploy a production-ready search engine, and then scale as an app requires. Unlike other search providers, we do not charge tens of thousands of dollars for basic security features or support. If you are working a deal, Bonsai’s team will answer the questions you have about our add-on. We prioritize your customers’ success.

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  • Does Bonsai integrate with Heroku Postgres or Kafka?

    Not out of the box, but connecting Elasticsearch to either is rather trivial.

  • Does Bonsai integrate with other data providers like New Relic or Data Dog?

    Customers that choose an Enterprise plan can set up any custom integrations they would like.

  • Does Bonsai offer the ELK stack?

    Yes, Bonsai users can take full advantage of the ELK stack. Both Elasticsearch and Kibana are one-click installs, but Logstash must be set up separately. Many of our customers prefer to deliver their logs to other tools. Our enterprise plans can fully support this.

  • What is Bonsai?

    Bonsai is a platform that makes it easy to deploy, manage, secure, and scale Elasticsearch. Unlike other providers, the Bonsai platform has best practices built right in, allowing developers to focus less on setting up search engines, and more on the search experience itself.