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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