Azure Search

Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that allows developers to incorporate a sophisticated search experience into web and mobile applications without having to worry about the complexities of full-text search and without having to deploy, maintain or manage any infrastructure

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  1. Proximity ranking

    when searching for two or more terms, give a higher rank value to terms near to each other

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  2. Provide a startup-friendly billing model

    For startups it might be interesting to split billing in 2: queries and storage (similar to the Windows Azure Storage billing model).
    Our customer will have lots of records from day 1 (minimum 4 million), but the number of QPS will be very low the first weeks/months.

    So we might want to start with a shared instance in terms of QPS, but not for data / # documents.

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  3. REST and/or PowerShell equivalent for options in the Azure portal

    For the same reason that it's good to have the script options in SSMS, it would be great to have a REST and/or PowerShell equivalent for options in the Azure portal. (It would be REALLY good to have that right across the portal but your team could take the lead on it :-))

    49 votes
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  4. Noise Word (stopwords) List

    Noise word list (or equivalent) creation

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  5. Real Time Updates

    Real time index updates would be very useful. If we can get near real time updates through the use of reserved hardware then that's probably sufficient.

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  6. Blob Indexing w File Crackers

    We would love to have blob containers indexed. One option may be to use iFilter support.

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  7. Azure Search and SQL Server integration

    Integrating SQL Server (Azure and on-prem) with Azure Search. A search in table/column that is Azure Search enabled would fall into a Azure Search query in the background, not visual for the developer.

    Only Azure Search enabled columns and tables would be handled by Azure Search and it would not be visible for the database consumer.

    Only a Azure Search Package that is installed on a on-prem machine that would enable the DBA to define which tables or columns that should be Azure Search enabled. Database triggers for SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE would translate into Azure Search REST based…

    174 votes
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  8. Support for parsing html/xml string content

    Many documents to be indexed already contain HTML or XML content.

    An example for us would be something like the following

    Article
    - string: Title
    - string/html: Summary
    - string/html: Body
    - string: author
    - datetime: created/updated date

    etc.

    It would be very helpful if the indexer could ignore HTML/XML/CSS/JavaScript content in the string. The current suggested alternative is to provide a surrogate field with the html tags stripped out of it and use that for the index.

    The challenge is then with hit highlighting, where we'd like to display the matching content. We'd rather not have to then find…

    7 votes
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  9. Support for 2 Billion Documents

    We have 2B very small records with relatively low QPS rate. The overhead with the crawl database alone is a massive challenge.

    135 votes
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  10. Ensure data types are consistent with other Microsoft datatypes

    I presume my concern is that almost every Microsoft product seems to have a different set of supported data types and often the same name means different things in different products. In general we've been trying to get people to avoid using "money" in SQL Server and to use "decimal" instead. Similarly I presume that "text" is just a generic name for a bunch of characters but given that it's also the name of a data type that we're trying to move people away from in SQL Server

    5 votes
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  11. 4 votes
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  12. Localization

    Multilanguage support

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  13. Support for searching of part of words

    It’s hard to estimate the importance and the frequency of querying on ‘sub-word-value’, because mostly they will be entering the full word

    Querying on ‘similar’ values (stemming) is not something that is very important in our scenarios, because customers will typically search on exact values (order numbers, customer names, etc)
    Things around spaces or not can off course be handy (was the address of that customer Waterstreet, Water str. Or Water Street, for example)
    i.e.,
    https://azsearchp1.cloudapp.net/svc3/indexes/fulltexttestindex/search?text=LOFT&skip=0&take=10 NOT returning matches, while
    https://azsearchp1.cloudapp.net/svc3/indexes/fulltexttestindex/search?text=LOFT1234&skip=0&take=10 is returning matches.

    17 votes
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  14. Include search functionality

    Incorporate Lucene/SOLR or microsoft search server into appfabric to allow searching across files (table/azure storage), databases, objects cached items, etc. Allow for cost effective cloud based storage + caching.

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