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I can confirm the author's frustrations with AWS ES. Having set up clusters on my own (on EC2 hosts) and using the service... The latter is expensive, inefficient, behind on features, hard to integrate with, and generally just a really crappy piece of work (like almost every peripheral AWS service, ie anything but EC2, S3, and DynamoDb).

Elastic search is honestly pretty simple to set up, save yourself money and trouble and just do it.

I had the same experience with their code hosting products (CodeCommit). It was better to just setup an EC2 instance and manage it myself.

Seconded. ES is honestly one of the lowest-maintenance products I've ever deployed. It has a few quirks, but for the most part, it Just Works.

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