Are you looking to get going with Elasticsearch as quickly as possible without having to worry about installing Java or Elasticsearch itself? Are you looking for a repeatable and automated mechanism for bringing up Elasticsearch instances for developmental and or testing purposes? While there’s certainly a number of Elasticsearch-as-a-platform service providers out there, there’s one other option: use Elasticsearch-in-a-box.
Elasticsearch-in-a-box is a freely available Vagrant base box. What that means is that you can quickly fire up and tear down an Elasticsearch environment with simple commands like
vagrant up and