Events

DrupalCon 2017: LEARN HOW TO IMPROVE DRUPAL SEARCH WITH SOLR

Come and visit us at one of the largest open source events in the world, DrupalCon 2017!

Measured Search is delighted to sponsor one of the largest open source events in the world. Stop by our booth (#551) where we will be demoing some of our new and exciting products or just come by to say hi and grab some swag.

Let our team of search experts, product gurus, and rockstar developers show you how we can setup, manage and scale your complete search solution! It is a great opportunity to learn more about how we can help you deliver exceptional search experiences faster.

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AWS, Security, Solr

How SearchStax Secures Your SolrCloud Deployments in AWS

Customers often ask us how do we ensure that their SolrCloud deployments have the security best practices applied on them. What levels of security does SearchStax provides, at transport level, at rest, etc. This post tries to capture how your SolrCloud clusters are highly secure through our Service and what options are available for you to tighten things up.

SSL/TLS for your SolrCloud Clusters (HTTPS)

All SearchStax SolrCloud deployments support HTTPS by default, whether that’s a single node SolrCloud deployment or a multi-node deployment. The provides transport level encryption of all traffic going over the network using the latest TLS encryption algorithms.

IP Filtering

With SearchStax, you can restrict access to your SolrCloud deployments by which hosts have access to your deployments. One of the best practices around securing servers is to ensure communications from trusted sources have access to your services.

SearchStax provides granularity around specifying IP addresses or CIDR (IP address range) that have access to the Solr deployments. In addition, you can specify which IP address have access to Solr vs which IP addresses have access to Zookeeper ensemble.

Bring your own AWS Security Groups

Certain companies utilizing AWS have approved security groups that they’d want to apply to their deployments. Our premium customers have the ability to bring their own AWS security groups to their deployments, which ensures compliance requirements and tighter control is offered on their SolrCloud deployments..

Basic Authentication

Solr v5.x and above support Basic Authentication and Authorization for your SolrCloud deployments. SearchStax supports both Basic Authentication and Authorization for your Solr deployments for all our customers. SearchStax even takes that one step further by providing users with the ability to create users and assign basic roles via web dashboard.

SolrCloud Basic Authentication

SearchStax Dashboard to set Basic Authentication for SolrCloud

This ensures Solr Admin interface, read, write APIs are all secured via a username/password so you can decide which users within your team have access to what level of functionality.

Encryption at Rest

SearchStax supports a couple of ways to secure Solr indexes on disk. It provides disk encryption, so the data is always encrypted using keys when it’s stored on the filesystem. The enables anyone with access to the disks not been able to look at what’s stored in the indexes.

SearchStax has also integrated with Hitachi Credeon, that provides Searchable encryption technology to ensure the search index is secure. In this case, the keys are managed by our customers and even our support team don’t have access to your Solr data.

Both the options provide the team here to ensure the requirements around HIPPA and Safe Harbor are met, but more importantly provide a peace of mind for our customers that their data is highly secured.
If you’d like to learn more about any of the above or want to discuss with one of our search experts how we further protect your clusters from a security perspective, feel free to reach out to us at sales@measuredsearch.com

Elasticsearch, Events

ElasticON 17 – One to Remember!

We were really excited to announce the availability of our Elasticsearch Service offering, and the timing couldn’t have been better – right before our trip to ElasticON 17 in San Francisco!

It was great checking out the Elasticsearch sessions- hanging out with the community and our pals from Hitachi. SearchStax paired with Hitachi Credeon Secure Full-Text Search offers the most secure way to perform search against confidential data.

Contact us to learn more!

Elasticsearch, New Release

Introducing Fully Managed Hosted Elasticsearch Service

We’re really excited to announce the availability of our fully-managed Elasticsearch Service. Our goal was to enable developers to focus on the interesting parts of their jobs: application development and relevance tuning. And leave the boring stuff: maintenance, support, care and feeding of their Elasticsearch infrastructure to us – the leading experts in open source search. 

We’ve seen some of our customers struggle with their hosted Elasticsearch applications, and realized there was a strong need for a fully-managed solution.

We’ve taken the lessons learned from our Solr-as-a-Service solution and applied them to our new service. We want to help companies make amazing Elasticsearch applications faster, easier, and with greater confidence.

Our Elasticsearch Service solution offers automated provisioning and scaling of Elasticsearch, backups, 24/7 monitoring and alerting, comprehensive query-level analytics, and class leading administrative tools.

SearchStax, combined with our Managed Services, powers the leading fully-managed cloud-agnostic Elasticsearch-as-a-Service.

For more information or to schedule a demo, please contact us.

New Feature, Search Analytics

How Fast is Your Search? Latency Statistics from SearchStax Analytics

How quickly does your search application respond to a typical user query? Since every query is different, this question isn’t easy to answer. Latency statistics let us describe the responsiveness seen by a typical user, based on actual queries from the field.

At Measured Search, we are excited to announce the addition of  Average, 95th percentile, and 99th percentile latency to our suite of SearchStax analytics reports. Below are the three new statistics shown in SearchStax Analytic’s App Overview display:

Average, 95th, and 99th Percentile Latency in SearchStax Analytics from Measured Search.

This performance metric is expressed in milliseconds.

  • Average Latency: Average of all queries responded within this time.
  • 95th Percentile Latency: 95% of all queries responded within this time.
  • 99th Percentile Latency: 99% of all queries responded within this time.

In the example above,  the average query was returned within a second, which is encouraging. 95% returned in a second and a half (or so). Then there were a few queries that required multiple seconds of computation. Nearly all queries (99%) returned within 12.6 seconds. Overall, this is a very responsive system. But we might want to take a closer look at the slow queries. SearchStax lets us view the slow queries in the Top Searches display.

For additional information see the App Overview discussion in the SearchStax User’s Guide.  Click the link to learn more about SearchStax, the leading Solr-as-a-Service platform.

New Feature, Search Analytics

SearchStax Unveils Similar Search Query Analytics

We’re excited to announce our latest enhancement to SearchStax Analytics, Similar Search Query Analytics.  Similar Search Query Analytics groups search queries by the item that is ultimately clicked.  This allows your search team to understand the keywords users are typing to find things.  You can then leverage these analytics into actionable insights by enhancing your synonym lists with these similar search queries.

Searchers think uniquely. Ten people searching for the same product may type in ten different queries. They won’t use all (or any) of the keywords in the product title. They may misspell or mistype unfamiliar labels. Finally, a significant number of users experiment with keywords looking for the magic phrase that turns their vague desires into concrete product recommendations. As your organization’s search expert, your job is to help your users find what they are looking for faster and easier.

Similar Search Query Table

SearchStax’s Similar Search Query Analytics gathers all of the queries that led to a particular product and ranks them by popularity. This shows us what the user typed in before finding that specific item. We turn these search analytics into actionable insights by either enhancing the synonyms associated with this item or we can even modify the product descriptions to make them resemble the language most often used by our customers in their queries. Either of these would results in faster, more successful search sessions that lead the user to the items she’s looking for, even if she didn’t quite ask for it the way you might have originally envisioned.

For more information, see Similar Searches in the SearchStax User Guide.  Contact us to get a demo of our Analytics Suite or to learn more about SearchStax, the leading Solr-as-a-Service platform.