OpenSearch - Capabilities and Limitations

Discover the capabilities and limitations of Public Cloud Databases for OpenSearch

Last updated July 13, 2022


This page provides the technical capabilities and limitations of the Public Cloud Databases for OpenSearch offer.

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Capabilities and limitations

Supported regions and multi-AZ

The Public Cloud Databases offer is available in the following regions:

  • BHS (Beauharnois, Canada)
  • DE (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • GRA (Gravelines, France)
  • SBG(Strasbourg, France)
  • UK (London, United Kingdom)
  • WAW (Warsaw, Poland)

Database nodes have to be in the same region. Multi-AZ is currently not supported.

OpenSearch versions

The Public Cloud Databases offer supports the following OpenSearch versions:

  • OpenSearch 1.1

You can follow version history for OpenSearch version on their official page:

OpenSearch clients and plugins compatibility

You can use any of the OpenSearch-recommended clients and plugins to access and populate your instance.


Three plans are available:

  • Essential
  • Business
  • Enterprise

Here is an overview of the various plans' capabilities:

Plan Number of nodes by default Additional Read replicas Network
Essential 1 No Public only
Business 3 Planned Public & Private vRack
Enterprise 6 Planned Public & Private vRack

Your choice of plan affects the number of nodes your cluster can run, the SLA, and a few other features such as private network and backup retention.

Nodes and replicas

  • Essential: the cluster can support at most one node.
  • Business: The cluster is delivered with 3 nodes by default.
  • Enterprise: The cluster is delivered with 6 nodes by default.

License type

OpenSearch software is under the Apache 2.0 license, a liberal open-source license. More information on

Hardware resources

Here are the node types you can choose from:

Essentials plans

Name Disk (GB) Cores Memory (GB)
db1-7 80 2 7
db1-15 160 4 15

Business plans

Name Disk (GB) Cores Memory (GB)
db1-7 240 2 7
db1-15 480 4 15
db1-30 960 8 30
db1-60 1920 16 60
db1-120 3840 32 120

Enterprise plans

Name Disk (GB) Cores Memory (GB)
db1-7 480 2 7
db1-15 960 4 15
db1-30 1920 8 30
db1-60 3840 16 60
db1-120 7680 32 120

Right now, all nodes of a given cluster should be of the same type and distributed in the same region.

Effective storage

The disk size listed above is the total disk size of the underlying machine. However, a small part of it goes towards the OS install.


Plugin enabled by default

Here is the list of plugins enabled by default:

ICU Analysis
Phonetic Analysis
kuromoji (Japanese Analysis)
Mapper Size
Open Distro for Elasticsearch SQL plugin
Open Distro for Elasticsearch Alerting plugin
Anomaly detection
Asynchronous search
Index Management
Performance Analyzer
OpenSearch Dashboards Reports
Scheduler for Dashboards Reports
OpenSearch Dashboards GANTT Charts
OpenSearch Dashboards Trace Analytics


OpenSearch clusters are reachable through port specified in the control panel or API, for example 23125.

Public networking can be used for all the offers.

Private networking (vRack) is available for Business and Enterprise.

When using private networking, some network ports get created in the private network of your choice. Thus, further operations on that network might suffer from some restrictions - e.g. you won't be able to delete the network if you didn't stop the Public Cloud Databases services first.

Ingress and Egress traffic are included in the service plans and unmetered.

Advanced parameters

We do not currently support OpenSearch advanced parameters.


Essential plan clusters are automatically backed up daily during their maintenance window. Backup retention is 2 days.

Business plan clusters are automatically backed up daily during their maintenance window. Backup retention is 14 days.

Enterprise plan clusters are automatically backed up daily during their maintenance window. Backup retention is 30 days.

Logs and metrics

Logs and metrics are available via the OVHcloud Public Cloud Control Panel. As of today, you can't export logs and metrics, nor plug them into a remote tool.

  • Logs retention: 1000 lines of logs
  • Metrics retention: 1 calendar month

Please note that if the database instance is deleted, logs and metrics are also automatically deleted.

Access control (ACL)

We support index-level access control lists (ACL) to control permissions. This approach allows you to limit the operations that are available to specific connections and to restrict access to certain data sets, which improves the security of your data.

You can grant the following permissions:

  • deny: no access
  • admin: full access to APIs and documents
  • readwrite: full access to documents
  • read: allow only searching and retrieving documents
  • write: allow updating, adding, and deleting documents

Note: Write permission allows the service user to create new indexes that match the pattern, but it does not allow deletion of those indexes.

Rules are defined separately for each user as pattern/permission combinations. The pattern defines the indexes that the permission applies to. Patterns are glob-style, where * matches any number of characters and ? matches any character.

When multiple rules match, they are applied in the order listed above. If no rules match, access is denied.

Controlling access to top-level APIs

OpenSearch has several “top-level” API endpoints (_mget, _msearch, and so on), where you have to grant access separately. To do this, use patterns similar to the index patterns, for example:

  • _*/admin would grant unlimited access to all top-level APIs
  • _msearch/admin grants unlimited access to the _msearch API only

Access control and OpenSearch Dashboards

Enabling ACLs does not restrict access to OpenSearch Dashboards itself, but all requests done by OpenSearch Dashboards are checked against the current user’s ACLs.

In practice, for OpenSearch Dashboards to function properly, you must grant the user admin-level access to the _msearch interface (permission: admin, pattern: _msearch) or switch on the ExtendedAcl option.

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