We include a dedicated HA instance of Kibana automatically configured to connect to your Elasticsearch cluster. Kibana allows you to build rich visualizations of your Elasticseach data using charts and graphs.

The table below show what versions of Kibana you’ll have based on what version of Elasticsearch you’ve created.

Elasticsearch Version Kibana Version
1.7.x 4.1.x
2.0.x 4.2.x
2.1.x 4.3.x
2.2.x 4.4.x
2.3.x 4.5.x
5.x 5.x
6.x 6.x


You can view the plain text and SSL URL addresses for Kibana under the Connect heading of the Control Panel. Before you can access Kibana you will need to add Kibana-specific ACLs under the Security heading.


Container-Based Isolation

All ObjectRocket for Elasticsearch clusters run on dedicated, single-tenant containers to provide isolation at the process and filesystem level.

SSL Encryption

SSL is enabled on all Elastic search clusters and we provide https connection strings for:

  • ElasticSearch REST API via both public interfaces and Rackspace ServiceNet
  • Kibana

ACLs / IP Whitelisting

All access to Elasticsearch clusters is gated by Access Control Lists (ACLs), so only the IPs or IP ranges specified will have access to the cluster. We allow separate ACLs for the Elasticsearch REST API, java transport client, and Kibana.

User Authentication

ObjectRocket for Elasticsearch clusters also require user authentication for all communications. We allow three different user roles on the platform:

  • Admin: Full read/write access to Elasticsearch and Kibana
  • Read only: Read-only access to Elasticsearch
  • Kibana only: Access to Kibana only

Encryption at rest

Encryption at rest is offered as an optional add-on to ObjectRocket for Elasticsearch clusters. When encryption at rest is selected:

  • Storage volumes on the cluster are encrypted on disk, using volume-level encryption
  • ObjectRocket manages your encryption keys, so you don’t have to
  • All backups/snapshots of that cluster are encrypted as well

Additional fees may apply. Please check out our plans and pricing for more information.


We monitor your cluster and if you’re in danger of running out of storage space, we will automatically add an additional data node to your cluster. This ensures that your cluster stays out of yellow/red status and always has enough space to meet your data needs.

Via our UI, you can tweak and tune the RocketScale settings for your cluster to match your needs.


By default, we install a number of elasticsearch plugins on all ObjectRocket for Elasticsearch clusters. Due to changes in Elasticsearch across versions, not all of the default plugins will be supported on every version. A quick matrix of what’s supported on each version is below

Plugin 1.7.x 2.x 5.x 6.x
mapper-attachments (replaced by ingest-attachment) (replaced by ingest-attachment)
delete-by-query (now in API) (now in API)

We can support additional plugins on a case by case basis. Contact support@objectrocket.com if you would like different plugins installed or if you would like us to disable any of them.

Descriptions of some of these plugins are listed below:


ElasticHQ is a plugin that provides a web interface for monitoring, management, and querying your Elasticsearch cluster. ElasticHQ is installed by default at /_plugin/HQ or /_plugin/hq (2.1+ uses lowercase). You can also access hq, by selecting the button that says HQ on the instance details page.


Kopf is a plugin similar to HQ, however as HQ doesn’t support ES 2.x+. we install this as an alternative. Kopf is installed by default at /_plugin/kopf. You can also access kopf, by selecting the button that says kopf on the instance details page.


Elasticsearch-head is another popular plugin for managing and monitoring Elasticsearch clusters. Elasticsearch-head is also installed by default and is located at /_plugin/head. You can also access Elasticsearch-head, by selecting the button that says head on the instance details page.


The mapper-attachments plugin enabled Elasticsearch to index file attachments in common formats supported by the Apache Tika library, like PPT, XLS, and PDF.


The delete-by-query plugin adds back in the delete-by-query functionality that was removed from Elasticsearch core.


The repository-s3 plugin allows you to use an s3 repository to store a restore snapshots.

AWS Direct Connect

We offer AWS Direct Connect so users connecting from AWS can connect to ObjectRocket datacenters via dedicated network connections. See What is AWS Direct Connect? for details on where we offer Direct Connect links to AWS.

ServiceNet Access

We offer Rackspace ServiceNet connectivity within Rackspace datacenters, which correspond to US-East-IAD1, US-Dallas-DFW, US-Chicago-ORD2, and EU-London-LON5.


The ObjectRocket platform can automatically retrieve IP addresses from your Rackspace Cloud or AWS environment, and create an ACL for each of those. This feature is currently limited to retrieving IP addresses from a single AWS region.

Daily Backups

We automatically backup your data every 24 hours using Elasticsearch snapshots and maintain a 2 week retention period Contact support@objectrocket.com to request a restore.