Amazon CloudSearch users can now specify an Amazon DynamoDB table as a source when configuring indexing options or uploading data to a search domain through the console or command line tools. This enables you to quickly set up a search domain to experiment with searching data stored in Amazon DynamoDB. For more information, see Searching Amazon DynamoDB Data in the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide.
This session was part of the AWS Summit in San Francisco. You will learn how to design, build, deploy a search solution using Amazon CloudSearch, and tune it for best results. See Viddy, Ziplist, and Zumobi discuss how they use CloudSearch. A panel discussion with Q&A from the users wraps up the session.
To watch the video, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3HqmjCuats.
This video shows how to represent your data in SDF (Search Data Format), the format used to upload data to Amazon CloudSearch domains. You will learn how to build an Eclipse project, add the AWS SDK to the project, write a Java class to generate SDF, and upload the file to Amazon CloudSearch.
To watch the video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iX35TaKFOs.
Couldn't make it to the CloudSearch Meetup? See what Snapguide and EDU 2.0 had to say about using Amazon CloudSearch:
Also, check out the presentations from the Amazon CloudSearch solutions architects:
We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudSearch is now available in the the US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) Regions. These new Regions join the US East (Northern Virginia) Region, and the recently added EU (Ireland) Region.
Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed search service in the cloud that allows customers to easily integrate fast and highly scalable search functionality into their applications. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, developers simply create a search domain, upload the data they want to make searchable to Amazon CloudSearch, and the service then automatically provisions the technology resources required and deploys a highly tuned search index.
Getting started with Amazon CloudSearch is easy with our free trial program. To learn more, see the Amazon CloudSearch Page.
This webinar describes how to deliver better and more relevant results for your search applications using Amazon CloudSearch.
Topics covered include:
You will see how Amazon CloudSearch can help you rapidly iterate and test changes for your search results - without having to rebuild your index.
To view the webinar, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAr-9swjlcU.
Amazon CloudSearch users can now take advantage of two new features to manage their search applications.
The Amazon CloudSearch rank comparison feature provides a new way to visually compare changes to rank expressions. Developers can quickly see how different rank expressions and field weights impact the sorting of search results in side-by-side windows. Field weights can be adjusted by using slider bars. Fast A/B testing and rapid iteration of rank expressions are enabled, without rebuilding the index. To learn more about comparing rank expressions watch this video.
The Amazon CloudSearch analytics reports provide insight into search effectiveness and user behavior. Metrics data can be tracked for each search domain including:
Analytics reports can be viewed through the Amazon CloudSearch console and downloaded in CSV format for specific date ranges.
For a limited time, AWS is offering a free trial program for Amazon CloudSearch that enables new users to set up fully-functional search domains that they can use for up to 30 days at no charge. The Amazon CloudSearch free trial program can be used to develop and test new search applications, migrate existing applications, or simply gain hands-on experience with Amazon CloudSearch. The free trial is available in the US East (N. Virginia) Region to users worldwide. Participation in the trial program requires an AWS account with a valid credit card.
Along with the introduction of the free trial program, we are announcing a reduction in search instance pricing in the US East (N. Virginia) Region. The new pricing reflects a savings of 17-19%, with small search instances available for $0.10/hour. The new pricing is effective November 1.
Some restrictions apply. For more details and information about the trial program and how to participate, see Amazon CloudSearch Free Trial. For pricing details and to learn more about Amazon CloudSearch, see the Amazon CloudSearch Overview.
Amazon CloudSearch users can now use field weighting and query time rank expressions to fine-tune their search results. Field weighting prioritizes results from certain fields to improve document ranking. For example, if you are selling books on your site, you could have matches to the title field score higher than matches in other fields. That way, searches for “Harry Potter” will rank the Harry Potter books higher than a book that happens to have a reference to “Harry Potter” in the description. Query time rank expressions enable you to personalize search results by customizing ranking for each search request. As an example you could rank camping books higher for a customer that you know has an interest in camping. You can also use query time rank expressions to rapidly iterate and test changes in how you rank search results for all users without having to rebuild your index.
These features are available immediately. For more information, see Using Field Weighting to Customize Text Relevance and Defining Rank Expressions in Search Requests in the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide.