On the eve of its AWS re:Invent 2015 event internet giant Amazon is positioning itself for a run at the business intelligence market.
Already announced is the Amazon Elasticsearch Service, is a managed service designed to make it easier to deploy and operate Elasticsearch in the AWS cloud, on which more later.
In addition the WSJ is reporting the likely launch of a new analytics service, codenamed SpaceNeedle, which is set to augment AWS with business intelligence tools. The reported strategic aim of this new service is to both strengthen Amazon’s relationship with AWS customers and allow it to broaden its total available market.
Back to the Elasticsearch service, BCN spoke to Ian Massingham, UK Technical Evangelist at AWS, to find out what the thinking behind it is. “This service is intended for developers running applications that use Elasticsearch today, or developers that are considering incorporating Elasticsearch into future applications,” he said “Elasticsearch is a popular open-source search and analytics engine for use cases such as log analytics, real-time application monitoring, and click stream analytics.”
Apparently Wikipedia uses Elasticsearch to provide full-text search with highlighted search snippets, as well as search-as-you-type and did-you-mean suggestions, while The Guardian uses Elasticsearch to combine visitor logs with social network data to provide real-time feedback to its editors about the public’s response to new articles.
Expect more AWS news as the re:Invent event gets underway. Already Avere Systems has unveiled Avere CloudFusion, a file storage application for AWS, that aims to provides a cloud file system to leverage Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) with the cost efficiencies of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), all with the simplicity of network-attached storage.
Elasticsearch today announced a partnership with Trifork, a provider of open source solutions, consulting and training for the enterprise market, headquartered in Denmark. Under the partnership, Trifork will include Elasticsearch software within its data and search product portfolio, and offer its global customer base high-end consulting, implementation, training and support for their Elasticsearch-driven big data search projects. Elasticsearch is one of the most popular open source search products in the world and is being used by thousands of companies in production that require real-time data accessibility and transparency across large volumes of distributed data.
“Trifork is an ideal partner for Elasticsearch. Together, we help customers gain invaluable insights hidden in ever-expanding data sets in key markets such as finance, healthcare and telecommunications,” said Steven Schuurman, co-founder and CEO of Elasticsearch. “Their deep experience at developing and supporting business-critical search solutions for its customers is firmly in line with our mission, and will help us to meet the overwhelming demand for Elasticsearch technology.”
A number of Trifork customers already use Elasticsearch including the University of Amsterdam, Greetz, NPO/VPRO, Suppledia, DiVault and PRIME Research. Visit the website to learn more about Trifork’s open source software offerings including the information about our Elasticsearch services.
“We have worked extensively with other open source search solutions, but Elasticsearch has taken real-time information discovery completely to the next level – the combination of its advanced search and analytics capabilities and its user-friendliness makes it the most powerful open source search solution out there,” said Bram Smeets, CTO of Trifork Amsterdam. “We believe in Elasticsearch; the team and the technology and feel both clearly differentiate in a highly competitive market. This makes Elasticsearch the logical choice for both our own internal use and on customer projects.”