Who doesn’t need an Amazon EC2 Search Engine AMI?

Last year I was just observing the revolution when I spoke of inverting the CPU model into a rented hourly service for machine images. Now Amazon is asking “Who needs a search engine packed as an AMI? I say, who doesn’t? We’ve been watching desktop search happen in every company from Google, to Yahoo!, Microsoft and of course Apple.

I’ve been waiting for an announcement by a big iron chewing per-cpu licensed application provider that they’ll support a per-hour model for using their EC2 AMI’s, but I suspect they’ll avoid going that route to maintain their top notch support contracts and hardware company kickbacks.

When PowerSet and amazon announced a partnership open source implementations were sure to come soon after, and that was only a few months later.

We have the pieces of the puzzle with Hadoop, EC2, Lucene, Solr and the final piece, presentation, has been demonstrated by Open-Source Endeca in 250 Lines or Less. It’s going to get exciting in the next year.

4 Responses to “Who doesn’t need an Amazon EC2 Search Engine AMI?”

  1. [...] processing these Alt Search Engines need to compute their indices.  Think of it as being like Amazon’s EC2 and S3, but purpose-built to simplify search engines.  People are already asking Amazon for Search Engine [...]

  2. [...] processing these Alt Search Engines need to compute their indices.  Think of it as being like Amazon’s EC2 and S3, but purpose-built to simplify search engines.  People are already asking Amazon for Search Engine [...]

  3. SearchBlox has a java war file deployment that can be put on an AMI which has Tomcat running. The cool thing about SearchBlox is the ajax based user interface. Everything is controlled using the web browser.

  4. SearchBlox Delivers Content Search on Amazon EC2 - Product pricing starts at $1 per CPU hour for searching 1 million documents

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