December 22, 2014

We are excited to announce a new feature, dynamic fields, which adds increased flexibility to search document indexing.

With dynamic fields, you can index documents without knowing in advance exactly what fields they contain. As a result, you can add new attributes dynamically without the need for configuration changes. Through the use of wildcards, dynamic fields allow pattern matching on field names to apply preset indexing options for new fields. To start using this feature, see Using Dynamic Fields in the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide.

Amazon CloudSearch is a fully managed service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. For an introduction, see Amazon CloudSearch.


November 19, 2014

We are lowering prices for Amazon CloudSearch by up to 50% (depending on instance type). The price reductions apply to all AWS Regions where Amazon CloudSearch is available and will be retroactively applied for usage beginning on November 1, 2014. For example, in the US East region, the price of a small search instance is reduced to $0.059 per hour, and the price of a large search instance is reduced to $0.236 per hour. You can find the full list of new prices on the Amazon CloudSearch Pricing page.

Amazon CloudSearch is a fully managed service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. To get started with the service, please visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, see the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide. Please share your thoughts on these and any additional features you'd like to see in the CloudSearch forum. We really appreciate customer feedback and use it to help us prioritize upcoming features.


October 16, 2014

We are excited to announce two new features for Amazon CloudSearch: support for custom tokenization dictionaries for Japanese and integration with Amazon CloudTrail. These new features are available immediately for all new and current CloudSearch domains based on the 2013-01-01 API version.

You can now control how Amazon CloudSearch tokenizes Japanese by adding a custom Japanese tokenization dictionary to the analysis scheme that you use for fields that contain Japanese. Configuring a custom tokenization dictionary can improve search result accuracy by facilitating indexing and retrieval of domain-specific phrases. To learn more about using custom dictionaries, see Customizing Japanese Tokenization in the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide.

You can now use Amazon CloudTrail to get a history of Amazon CloudSearch API calls and related events for your account. Amazon CloudTrail is a web service that records your account's API calls and delivers the resulting log files to your Amazon S3 bucket. You can also use CloudTrail to track changes that were made to your AWS resources. For example, you can use the API call history to perform a security analysis or troubleshoot operational issues. CloudTrail also makes it easier for you to demonstrate compliance with internal policies or regulatory standards. For more information, see the “Security at Scale: Logging in AWS” whitepaper.

You can turn on CloudTrail logging from the AWS Management Console in only two clicks. There is no additional charge for CloudTrail, but standard rates for Amazon S3 and Amazon SNS usage apply. Refer to Amazon S3 and Amazon SNS pricing pages for details. To learn more about CloudTrail, visit the CloudTrail detail page.

Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. For an introduction to Amazon CloudSearch, visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, see the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide. Please share your thoughts on these and any additional features you'd like to see in the CloudSearch forum. We really appreciate customer feedback, and we use it to help us prioritize upcoming features.

 

August 14, 2014

Amazon CloudSearch now supports IAM integration for all search domain services. Developers could already use IAM to control access to the CloudSearch configuration service. With this release, developers can also use IAM to control access to each domain’s document, search, and suggest services and use AWS Signature Version 4 to sign all CloudSearch requests. Requests are signed automatically when developers use the latest AWS SDKs and command line tools.

AWS Signature Version 4 is the latest method for authenticating API requests to AWS Services.  For more information about Signature Version 4, please see the Signature Version 4 signing process in the AWS General Reference.

Amazon CloudSearch supports both user-based and resource-based IAM policies to control access to the document, search, and suggest services. Developers can manage access to Amazon CloudSearch entirely through IAM by configuring user-based policies, or manage access to particular search domains' services with resource-based policies. Amazon CloudSearch will continue to support IP based access policies. To learn more about setting up access policies for your CloudSearch domain, see Configuring Access for an Amazon CloudSearch Domain.

Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. For an introduction to Amazon CloudSearch, visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, see the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide. Please share your thoughts on these and any additional features you'd like to see in the CloudSearch forum. We really appreciate customer feedback and use it to help us prioritize upcoming features.

June 26, 2014

The AWS SDK and CLI now offer enhanced support for Amazon CloudSearch with new search and document features. Developers could already use the AWS SDK and CLI to set up and configure their CloudSearch domains. With this release, developers can also use them to upload documents and submit search requests. With the addition of these features, the AWS SDK and CLI provide developers with centralized tools for interacting with CloudSearch domains in conjunction with other AWS services.

The AWS SDKs simplify using AWS services in your applications with an API tailored to your programming language or platform. Click here for more information about the AWS SDKs. Download the latest version of the AWS SDKs to access the new features. The AWS CLI makes it easy to interact with other AWS services from a single, easy-to-install client. If you have previously installed the AWS CLI, please upgrade to the latest version to access the new features. If you are new to the AWS CLI, see the installation and configuration instructions for more information.

Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. For an introduction to Amazon CloudSearch, visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, see the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide. Please share your thoughts on these and any additional features you'd like to see in the CloudSearch forum. We really appreciate customer feedback and use it to help us prioritize upcoming features.


May 29, 2014

We are excited to announce two new features for Amazon CloudSearch: expanded language support and more user control over search domain scaling. These features are available immediately for all new and existing CloudSearch domains.

With the expanded language support, you can now configure language specific text processing for Hebrew in addition to the 33 other languages Amazon CloudSearch supports.

The new desired partition count scaling option gives you more control over the starting footprint of a search domain. This option enables you to preconfigure the number of index partitions for a domain when you use the m2.2xlarge search instance type. The desired partition count can be configured through the CloudSearch management console, API, or CLI.

Preconfiguring a search domain to use more partitions enables faster uploads when you have a large amount of data to upload. If you need to boost query performance, you can also add partitions to drop the per-partition document count and speed up complex queries. Amazon CloudSearch will still scale the domain up or down based on the volume of data or traffic, but the number of partitions will never drop below your desired partition count.

Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. For an introduction to Amazon CloudSearch, visit our detail page. To learn more about recently released features, see the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide. Please share your thoughts on these and any additional features you'd like to see in the CloudSearch forum. We really appreciate customer feedback and use it to help us prioritize upcoming features.

 

March 24, 2014

Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. Customers from various industries including media and publishing, social networking, healthcare, eCommerce, legal, and the public sector use Amazon CloudSearch to build cutting edge content discovery systems.

Traditional search solutions require significant time and resources to maintain and operate. Search query traffic is often hard to predict, making it difficult to size and configure search platforms. In addition to the complexity involved, administration of a search system is also expensive. Amazon CloudSearch not only significantly lowers the cost of a search solution, but it also makes it easy to set up a search system that can change with the needs of the business. Amazon CloudSearch already offers key benefits including easy setup and configuration, hands off auto scaling, automatic node monitoring and recovery, and built in data durability.

With this launch, Amazon CloudSearch now supports several popular search engine features in addition to providing an enhanced managed search service. Key new features of the service include:

  • Support for 33 languages: Arabic, Armenian, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish
  • Support for new data types
  • Autocomplete
  • Highlighting
  • Additional text processing features
  • Native geospatial support
  • Multi-AZ
  • IAM integration
  • User control for initial instance type selection
  • Availability in additional AWS regions: Sydney, Tokyo, and Sao Paulo

The redesigned Amazon CloudSearch also provides a more cost optimized configuration. Advanced index compression and larger index sizes for existing instance types allow customers to gain more efficiency from their Amazon CloudSearch setup.

Customer Success Stories

News UK is a leading news publisher. "We use Amazon CloudSearch to let our members search our archive of news articles, dating back to 1785. We love the fact that CloudSearch automatically scales for traffic and data.” said Danny Tedora, Transformation Program Manager, News UK. “Having a low cost, high throughput, low-latency search without maintenance and operational overhead lets us focus more time on delighting our members”

Bizo helps B2B marketers reach their target prospects online and shape purchase decisions through targeted display, social advertising, retargeting and other integrated multi-channel programs. “We use Amazon CloudSearch and have been impressed with its performance. CloudSearch also eliminated some administrative headaches we experienced with the Solr implementation we had been using.” said Alex Boisvert, Director of Engineering, Bizo. “We are excited about the new capabilities now available in CloudSearch – including a broader set of search features and support for enhanced security through IAM.  We look forward to implementing these in our production environment."

SMART INSIGHT develops search application for specialized industry applications. The company develops SMART/InSight, a search application that integrates and analyzes enterprise information. “We view Amazon CloudSearch as key to our strategy for our flagship product, SMART/InSight.  Pay as you go pricing for a managed search service removes the operational burden of maintaining and managing complex search systems, and lets us focus on what’s most important to us: our customers.” said Mack K. Machida, CEO of SMART INSIGHT. “Search capability on AWS enables integration of data without thinking of data types, size, or location and lets SMART/InSight visualize them in the ways our customers need. We will continue to collaboratively work with CloudSearch.”

SnapDish helps over one million users find and share recipes and photos for their favorite foods. “We have been using Amazon CloudSearch to deliver SnapDish's food, recipe, and user search. CloudSearch is very useful for building high available search applications.” said Fumikazu Kiyota, CTO of Vuzz Inc. “With the new language support from CloudSearch we were able to move Japanese language analysis functions to CloudSearch. The service provides us a cost effective option to provide a great search experience to our users”

Customers can get started with the new features from Amazon CloudSearch with just a few clicks on the AWS console. Learn more about the new features available with Amazon CloudSearch by reading the blog post.

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