When should we not use Elasticsearch? | Elasticsearch Tutorial

Don’t use Elasticsearch or use it with caution if:

  • You are looking for an ACID compliant data store.
  • You are looking for catering to transaction handling.
  • You are planning to do a highly intensive computational job in the data store layer.
  • You are looking to use this as a primary data store. If this is a requirement when data is inserted, Elasticsearch has to re-index and this would take some time and wouldn’t be available as and when the data was inserted and updated.
  • You are looking for a durable data store.


It is not as good at being a data store as some other options like MongoDB, Hadoop, etc. For smaller use cases, it will perform fine. If you are streaming TB’s of data every day, you will find that it either chokes or loses data.