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. Pricing based on transactional throughput, similar to SQL Azure

    The current model is a lot like the old SQL Azure models, where it was the volume of data that largely drove the cost of the service. SQL Azure became an affordable breakthrough when it shifted toward pricing based on overall transactional throughput (i.e., large databases that did not need to handle huge volumes were now affordable).

    Search should work the same way. If I operate a marginally popular web forum, for example, I may have several gigs of data to index, but the storage of that is the cheap part. It doesn't get a lot of queries, and new…

    257 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Pricing and Quotas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support for crawling HTML/websites

      Enable Azure Search to crawl a local HTML website

      231 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 'Skip' limit should be far higher - int.MaxValue

        'Skip' is limited to 100,000 - which makes it impossible to iterate over an entire dataset, unless there's some meaningful way to segment the data set first.

        Given there's an upper limit on the complexity of the queries we can pass in 4500 chars (it seems?)

        It's very, very awkward to perform tasks on large complex datasets.

        184 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

          There are major performance implications for supporting this which we will need to work through.

          Thanks,
          Vinod
          Azure Search Product Team

        • Index specific admin keys

          As of today Azure Search providee index specific query keys, but only global admin keys. In a multitenant scenario all tenants then have to share the admin key in order to index data. In order to provide sufficient tenant isolation in multi-tenant scenarios we need index specific admin keys. Especially for those cases where each tenant run in process isolation - hence the individual tenants can't access other tenants connection strings.

          133 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Multi-tenancy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Pricing for more documents with less storage size / less documents with more storage

            It would be great to have a pricing model where we can index large amounts of small sized documents. (e.g.: 15M documents in 12 GB of storage).
            Same goes the other way around, less documents, with a greater storage size.

            102 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Pricing and Quotas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              The current Azure Search business model charges for storage consumed and not by document count. Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

              Thanks,
              Mike
              Azure Search Product Team

            • Support Explain API

              The explain api computes a score explanation for a query and a specific document. This can give useful feedback whether a document matches or didn’t match a specific query.

              93 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support geo.distance in select result

                Azure Search does not support returning the distance data from geo.distance in search results. geo.distance can be used in only filter and orderby.

                I would like to get distance data from geo.distance.

                86 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

                  There are a few ways you can do this currently in code per document, for example (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6544286/calculate-distance-of-two-geo-points-in-km-c-sharp). But we are considering how we might make it available as a document property.

                  Thanks,
                  Vinod
                  Azure Search Product Team

                • Support 'skip' in facet queries

                  Currently the results of facet queries can be limited adding the "count:n" parameter to select only the top n results.
                  If one is interested in seeing all results of a facet query, there is no other way than setting the 'count' value sufficiently high to make sure that all result are included in the response.
                  In the scenario of a large number of distinct values for the facet field those queries may, however, result in a large response with poor performance.
                  In order to be able to provide paging through facet results for better performance, it's necessary to have a…

                  84 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support for Geo.distance function on customer location compared to index data

                    We have clients that we want to expose using the search feature. They do not want to appear if customer is outside there catchment area.
                    The Geo.Distance function can only be compared to fixed data.
                    I'd like to compare this with data held in the index.

                    62 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide option to facet on all facetable fields in a Search request

                      Some applications can have a large number of facets and it is inconvenient to have to specify them all explicitly in the Search API, as reported here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/28542665/azure-search-what-if-i-have-a-lot-of-facets

                      If there were an option like facet=* that returned facets on all facetable fields, that would be easier for such cases.

                      45 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Document version support for data consistency and indexers

                        External Versioning Support

                        Are there any plans to support external versioning like the following: https://www.elastic.co/blog/elasticsearch-versioning-support

                        We are trying to migrate off of an Elasticsearch system where versioning support is being used to allow multiple Indexers potentially processing the same document (potentially different versions of the same document).
                        By using primary store’s version, we ensure that latest version of document is not overwritten by the older version of document.

                        I was reading up on stackoverflow (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/28917204/azure-search-data-consistency) even with Etags support, it seems that each writer will need to read the document from AzureSearch to ensure it has the latest…

                        45 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide sum and average on facet

                          It would be nice to have agregation on certain facetable Field.
                          We would define another numeric field to be computed.

                          On the FacetResult, we could get sum and average exactly in the same way as count.

                          41 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide method for escaping characters in the search string like UrlEscape

                            Special characters must be escaped to be used as part of the search text. You can escape them by prefixing them with backslash (\). Special characters that need to be escaped include the following:
                            + - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ " ~ * ? : \ /
                            Is there a built in method, basically the equivalent of UrlEscape, which can do this, or is every developer actually expected to do their own implementation?

                            40 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Offer Elastic Search as PaaS service

                              Offer Elastic Search as PaaS service or managed cluster like Redis.
                              Do not want Azure search but the native ES as service with its native interface and api.

                              38 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support picking existing index when creating an indexer in Azure Portal

                                Today is only possible to create an indexer if you follow the entire process through import data workflow:

                                -Select the data Source
                                -Add Cognitive skills (optional)
                                -Create an Index
                                -Create an Indexer

                                However, there are times we want to set a different schedule for an indexer or create a new one, without recreating the index.

                                38 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Run multiple Indexers at once

                                  We have many indexes with matching indexers that scan SQL Server tables to import/update data.

                                  I found that during the initial import of a new large index (millions of records, taking several hours), none of the other indexers on the same service are run at all. This means that just by adding a new index, all other indexes will become stale until the large index is finished!

                                  Please add the ability for multiple indexers to run simultaneously.

                                  35 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Random Scoring

                                    See here https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/guide/current/random-scoring.html
                                    This has come up in the past on SO by other users as well.

                                    28 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Scoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives. The workaround mentioned here is very cool, by the way!

                                      Thanks,
                                      Mike
                                      Azure Search Product Team

                                    • Provide ability of collection Type field to be searched against individual values separately

                                      For a document, where there are multiple values in its collection type column, it gives it lesser score (and hence either to come lower or may not even come in the result) to it even though the search query has matched with ONE of the values in the list COMPLETELY.

                                      This is because, currently Azure Search considers list of all the values provided in the collection type as a single string by concatenating all of them.
                                      My requirement is that if the search query (for that field) matches with any of the values in the collection, it should consider it…

                                      27 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Ignore thumbnails when indexing word documents

                                        Word supports saving documents with a thumbnail which contains the text content from the first page. When Azure Search indexes documents, it also indexes their embedded documents. Generally speaking this is useful behaviour, but in this case it leads to content duplication of the first page.

                                        We cannot control documents provided by users so Azure Search should handle this and ignore thumbnails when indexing Word Documents.

                                        26 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Elastic Azure Search

                                          Provide an elasticity option as with Azure SQL Databases, for search it's a MUST HAVE feature!!!

                                          25 votes
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