This IDC Vendor Profile examines the capabilities of the Elasticsearch technology and also the business aspects of Elasticsearch. Elasticsearch has positioned itself as a scalable distributed enterprise search system for Big Data search and analytics based on Apache Lucene. The key differentiator is the firm's emphasis on delivering higher performance than other open source search systems. The company has recently secured $10 million in Series A financing led by Benchmark Capital, which will help to expand its visibility and geographic reach, particularly in North America. Elasticsearch was designed to be an open source alternative to "plain vanilla" Lucene.