Today, more than 100 billion searches are conducted every month on the Google search engine alone. Search engine users conduct searches for several reasons including the foundational conversion of information into action. An action could be a decision to purchase, consume information for decision-making, or seek a better understanding of an issue or topic among others. Search engines make information available at our fingertips right whenever we need it.
In this era of big data, search solutions are useful not only for popular search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing but also for enterprises for monitoring and managing the growing volumes of data in their databases to enhance operational efficiency. The enterprise search industry has grown remarkably and is expected to be worth $8.90 billion by 2024.
Enterprise search solutions are important for several reasons:
- They provide fast and easy access to crucial data from multiple databases in one search query.
- Enterprise search provides the flexibility required to search data in a wide range of formats.
- Enhance data security by limiting data access only to authorized users.
- Enterprise search solutions hosted on the cloud significantly lower installation and system maintenance costs while still providing optimum operational efficiency
- The use of site search tools enhances the customer experience by allowing them to search the system fast and conveniently, ultimately leading to more conversions and increased sales.
Cloud search services are the go-to search solutions for many enterprises as they are fully managed and scale easily. However, deploying, upgrading, and managing search solutions requires specific skills and in many cases demands that a professional possesses a cloud certification. Elasticsearch clusters are particularly complex, requiring technical skills to deploy and manage.
Setting up, configuring, and scaling AWS Elasticsearch takes a matter of minutes from the AWS management console. This service will automatically provision and launch the resources needed to run your clusters while also identifying and replacing failed nodes within the clusters for streamlined operations. AWS Elasticsearch is enabled with AWS IAM (AWS identity access management) for controlling access to your data environment. AWS Elasticsearch is also equipped with other features including Snapshot for data backup, Amazon CloudWatch for domain monitoring, and AWS CloudTrail for risk auditing.
AWS Elasticsearch is used for a range of applications, including log analytics, real-time application monitoring, and click-stream analytics.
AWS CloudSearch is one of the fully managed search services in AWS cloud services offerings for websites and applications. AWS CloudSearch is designed to scale on-demand to ensure efficient operations and optimum availability of service during high volume data and complex search requests. It enables enterprises to navigate huge volumes of databases containing document files, emails, clickstream logs, social network posts, transactional data from systems, customer data in CRM systems, network and server log files, data from sensors and IoT devices, and more.
Being a cloud service, AWS CloudSearch is relatively fast, easy, and cost-effective to set up and manage to allow users to create a search domain, load data, and provide resources for a custom search index with a few clicks. It allows users to quickly incorporate additional search capabilities and scale search services or modify search parameters to meet data and traffic demands for their sites and applications. Billing is done on a pay-as-you-go schedule which makes it cost-effective as users only pay for the service they have consumed.
AWS CloudSearch supports 34 programming languages and features highlighting, autocomplete, geospatial, and other innovative search features that improve the search experience.
Elasticsearch vs. CloudSearch
Both AWS Elasticsearch and AWS CloudSearch offer immense advantages over self-managed data search engines and analytics services. They are set up and configured easily, they are both easily scalable, and they automatically provide the resources you require to customize your search index.
However, these two search services are different in many ways as we have highlighted in the table below.
Amazon offers a range of cloud solutions for enterprises, with Elasticsearch and CloudSearch being two of its most used search solutions. Searching helps users to find the information that they are looking for fast and easily. Enterprises are on the lookout for the right search solutions for their applications. The right solution enhances user experience, streamlines operations, and enhances productivity.