Amazon CloudSearch & Future Search Architectures

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Review this webinar given on November 5, 2103 in the UK. Search Technologies' VP of Marketing Iain Fletcher talks about Amazon CloudSearch and Future Search Architectures. For more information, visit http://www.searchtechnologies.com/amazon-cloudsearch-services.html

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  • Here’s the agenda for my part of the presentation.After a brief introduction to Search Technologies, I have some thoughts to share with you about how search architectures are evolving, and why.That will set the scene for taking a look at Amazon CloudSearch.
  • Amazon CloudSearch & Future Search Architectures

    1. 1. Amazon CloudSearch & Future Search Architectures Iain Fletcher ifletcher@Searchtechnologies.com The expert in the search space
    2. 2. Agenda A brief introduction to Search Technologies Search Application Architectures Common challenges, emerging architectures Our thoughts about Amazon CloudSearch The expert in the search space
    3. 3. Search Technologies Overview Ascot, UK Karlsruhe, DE Cincinnati, OH Herndon, VA San Diego, CA San Jose, CR • The leading IT Services company dedicated to Enterprise Search & Search-based Applications • Implementation, Consulting, Managed Services • 120 employees and growing • Independent, working with all of the leading software vendors and open source alternatives
    4. 4. 500+ Customers
    5. 5. Future Search Architectures The expert in the search space
    6. 6. A Traditional Integrated Architecture Integrated Search Engine Content Sources Employee Directory CMS File Share Etc. Connectors Index Pipeline Search Index UI The year is 2013, but we still have: Dissatisfaction with search results Scalability issues (various) High initial investment Inflexibility in the model Data integration issues… The expert in the search space
    7. 7. Reasons for Change Today’s leading “indexing engines” are very capable The challenges to success almost always lie in peripheral tasks. On the indexing side of the house, this means: Gathering and feeding data to the search engine Preparing data for indexing (normalization, metadata enrichment. Etc.) The expert in the search space
    8. 8. Reasons for Change The need to cope with continuous and rapid data growth Things usually break first on the data gathering side of the house E.g. The Government department and the 7TB File Server The expert in the search space
    9. 9. A Traditional Integrated Architecture Integrated Search Engine Content Sources Employee Directory CMS Connectors Index Pipeline Search Index UI RE-INDEX File Share Etc. The expert in the search space
    10. 10. A Better Search Architecture Iterative Development Content Sources Employee Directory CMS Etc. Content Processing Connectors Secure xml Cache Search Engine Index Pipeline Search Index RE-INDEX Better operational agility The expert in the search space
    11. 11. A Better Search Architecture Iterative Development Content Sources Employee Directory CMS Etc. Content Processing Connectors Secure xml Cache Amazon CloudSearch Index Pipeline Search Index RE-INDEX Better operational agility Much improved cost of ownership The expert in the search space
    12. 12. Let’s take a look at Amazon CloudSearch If you’ve ever switched on an EC2 server, then you can switch on a CloudSearch server And of course, switch it off just as easily Xml or JSON in, for indexing RESTful / xml out, for searching Has the bases covered in terms of core search functionality The expert in the search space
    13. 13. Amazon CloudSearch: Important Search Functions Full-on Search Navigators Results sorting by property Plenty of relevancy tuning controls Indexing speed is impressive We’ve tested up to 500 docs/sec Very long results lists can be served The expert in the search space
    14. 14. Cost Effective & Flexible The usual benefits of AWS Only use what you need Elastic scalability Maintenance inclusive Compare that to the cost of a Service Level Agreement for an on-premise alternative Then add the labour costs…. From less than £50 per month The expert in the search space
    15. 15. What do you need to get started Repository Connectors Capture content Convert to xml XSLT. Etc. Content Processing Java code, Groovy. Etc. A framework product, E.g. Aspire Commercial software to suit the purpose Amazon S3 Atlassian Confluence Documentum eRoom Secure File Systems IBM Connections JIVE Lotus Notes RDBMS SharePoint 2010, 2013 SocialCast TeamForge Web Crawling A User Interface The expert in the search space
    16. 16. Search-specific UI/UX builders are available The expert in the search space
    17. 17. What Applications Suit Amazon CloudSearch? In principle any CloudSearch is an option that everyone should consider for search-based applications Especially where elastic scalability is an advantage Or where the data already lives in the cloud, including S3 buckets The expert in the search space
    18. 18. To conclude If you like Amazon Web Services, then you’ll like CloudSearch for the same reasons It is a full-function indexing engine, ideally suited to agile, flexible search architectures If you are looking for a search-based application, it should be on your shortlist For many applications, CloudSearch will prove to be highly cost effective The expert in the search space
    19. 19. My email: ifletcher@searchtechnologies.com Useful URLs: Connectors for Cloudsearch www.searchtechnologies.com/cloudsearch-data-connectors.html Aspire Content Processing Framework www.searchtechnologies.com/aspire.html A Java API for Amazon Cloudsearch www.searchtechnologies.com/java-api-amazon-cloudsearch.html Enterprise Search Surveys www.searchtechnologies.com/enterprise-search-surveys.html Blog: Searching Wikipedia with Amazon CloudSearch www.searchtechnologies.com/cloudsearch-data-connectors.html White Paper: A Big Data Architecture for Search www.searchtechnologies.com/big-data-enterprise-search-architecture.html The expert in the search space

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