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I'm trying to create my own Elasticsearch cluster to use for security analytics. I'm familiar with the function and setup of a single instance deployment, but I'm having trouble figuring out the simplest strategy to set up and manage the cluster of any sizable scale in GCP. The two ways I've played around with are:

  1. Building the ES cluster using Compute Engine VM's in GCP.
  2. Managing the cluster using the Kubernetes Engine and the official Elastic docker image.

Since I don't have much experience with containerization, I'm trying to figure out if learning and managing a kubernetes deployment would save me some headache in the long run.

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One could use helm to install elastic on managed k8s in GCP.

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