Category Archives: Search

Thoughts on search technology.

Say goodbye to your Google Search Appliance and hello to Elasticsearch

Earlier this month, Google announced that it is getting out of the search appliance business. According to this article by Fortune, Google told its partners they could renew existing Google Search Appliance (GSA) customers through 2017 but no new hardware … Continue reading

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Elasticon 2016 is only two weeks away

Elasticon 2016 is just around the corner. The annual conference covering all things Elastic is happening February 17 – 19 in San Francisco. Last year, the buzz was all about Elasticsearch 2.0. Attendees learned a lot about what to expect … Continue reading

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Using Elasticsearch to more effectively target dynamic content

One of my clients came to me with a problem: Despite being a much-admired Fortune 500 company that leads its competitors in the travel industry in customer satisfaction and profitability, their web site, through which the vast majority of their … Continue reading

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Clean up your Elasticsearch query logic with search templates

I stumbled onto Elasticsearch’s search templates feature on my last project and it turned out to be really useful. I remember being surprised I hadn’t seen it mentioned anywhere. I’ve asked around at the last couple of meetups I’ve attended … Continue reading

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Using Hubot and Watcher to automate Elasticsearch admin tasks via chat

Almost all of my client work is remote. For many projects, that means chat is an essential communication tool. When you and your team essentially live in a chat window it’s nice when your tools can participate in the conversation. … Continue reading

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10 Things to Consider When Planning Your Elasticsearch Project

I am seeing a lot of interest in Elasticsearch from clients and colleagues. Elasticsearch is an open source search engine that is commercially supported by a company called Elastic. It’s used for web search, log analysis, and big data analytics. … Continue reading

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Using Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana to visualize Apache JMeter test results

In my last blog post I showed how to use Apache JMeter to run a load test against Elasticsearch or anything with a REST API. One of my recommendations was to turn off all of the Listeners so that valuable … Continue reading

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Using Apache JMeter to Test Elasticsearch (or any REST API)

I’m helping a client streamline their Web Content Management processes, part of which includes moving from a static publishing model to a dynamic content-as-a-service model. I’ll blog more on that some other time. What I want to talk about today … Continue reading

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New Django-Solr open source project

Fellow Optarian Sean Creeley has released a Django-Solr integration as an open source project hosted at Google Code. Django is a Python-based web framework. Apache Solr is essentially an XML and JSON API that sits on top of Apache Lucene. … Continue reading

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Two interesting Hibernate projects you should check out

I attended two very interesting Hibernate sessions at JBoss World yesterday. One was on Hibernate Search, the other was Hibernate Shards. Hibernate Search What do you do when your customers add “Google-like search” to the list of requirements for the … Continue reading

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