Elasticsearch Elasticsearch Excessive Replicas on Warm Nodes

By Opster Team

Updated: Mar 10, 2024

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What does this mean?

There are more replicas than necessary on the warm tier of your Elasticsearch cluster. This can lead to inefficient resource usage and negatively impact the performance and stability of the cluster.

Why does this occur?

This occurs when the Elasticsearch cluster is not optimally configured, leading to an excessive number of replicas on warm nodes. This can happen due to various reasons, such as improper initial configuration, changes in data volume, or evolving requirements.

Possible impact and consequences of excessive replicas on warm nodes

The presence of excessive replicas on warm nodes can have several negative impacts on the Elasticsearch cluster, including:

  1. Reduced performance: Additional replicas consume more resources, which can lead to slower indexing and search operations.
  2. Increased storage costs: More replicas require more storage space, resulting in higher costs.
  3. Lower indexing throughput: The presence of multiple replicas can slow down the indexing process, as each replica needs to be updated.
  4. Decreased cluster stability: Excessive replicas can put additional strain on the cluster, making it more susceptible to failures and performance issues.

How to resolve

To resolve the issue of excessive replicas on warm nodes, follow these steps:

1. Analyze your Elasticsearch cluster to identify the indices with excessive replicas on warm nodes.

2. Ensure that the indices have been backed up before making any changes to the replica settings.

3. Reduce the number of replicas to 0 for the identified indices using the following command:

PUT /<index_name>/_settings
  "index" : {
    "number_of_replicas" : 0

Replace `<index_name>` with the name of the index for which you want to reduce the replicas.

4. Monitor the performance and stability of the Elasticsearch cluster after making the changes. If necessary, adjust the number of replicas based on the observed tradeoff between cost and performance.


Reducing the number of replicas on warm nodes in Elasticsearch can help improve performance, save on storage costs, enhance indexing throughput, and ensure cluster stability. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can optimize your Elasticsearch cluster and resolve the issue of excessive replicas on warm nodes.