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Status Submitted
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 25, 2022

Add a guardrail feature in CP4BA to avoid Elastic Mapping Explosion or alert them upon reaching a certain threshold

Elastic Search has a known issue called "Mapping Explosion" (More about it here: https://www.elastic.co/blog/3-ways-to-prevent-mapping-explosion-in-elasticsearch), the issue is CP4BA by default is configured to use 1000 fields in Elastic and when customers have multiple Rule Apps in ODM and generate rich messages/events they can easily exhaust the 1000 unique fields threshold and run into a Mapping explosion situation which results in corrupted Kafka instance.

The recovery from this is painful and frustrating especially it will disrupt the business of the customer and there is no warning posted by the product.


The idea is to add some guardrails in CP4BA to prevent/detect/or even warn the customers about potential Mapping Explosion before it occurs so that they take corrective actions accordingly.

Idea priority High