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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