Managed Solr Deployment Support Plans - SearchStax


Overview

SearchStax® from Measured Search® offers a wide selection of Deployment Plans, Types and Tiers to suit a variety of data sizes, workloads, and stages of development. SearchStax offers both dedicated single-node deployments and dedicated multi-node cluster deployments, along with various resource and storage options.

Deployment Plans

SearchStax Dedicated plans offer the ability to run Apache Solr on dedicated virtual machines. With these plans, all resources available to the virtual machine (CPU, RAM, Disk, IO) are exclusively yours. These plans also include full administrative access to the deployment running Apache Solr.

Dedicated plans are good for:

The SearchStax dashboard lets you create two types of deployments:

These two types of deployments may be paired with any of four support plans (see below).

SearchStax Plan Tiers

SearchStax offers Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Platinum Plus feature and support tiers. (The "Silver" level was previously called "Standard.")

Different customers and applications have varying requirements for features, availability, reliability, scalability and security. These tiers let customers select the right level of support for their application.

Please see our Support User Guide for our customer-support policies.

Features by Tier

Feature Silver Gold Platinum Platinum Plus
SearchStax Cloud Manager
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
SearchStax Pulse (Monitoring)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
SearchStax Basic Analytics
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Upload custom JARs
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Availability Reporting
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
No
No
Yes
Yes
Disaster Recovery
No
No
No
Yes
SearchStax Cloud Private
No
No
No
Yes
SearchStax Enhanced Analytics
No
Available
Available
Available

Data Retention by Tier

Data Retention Silver Gold Platinum Platinum Plus
Monitoring Data Retention Period 1 day 30 days 30 days 30 days
Analytics Data Retention Period N/A 7 days 7 days 7 days

Support by Tier

Support Silver Gold Platinum Platinum Plus
Support Channel Email Only Email and Web Email and Web Email, Web and Phone
Support Users 2 4 8 Unlimited
Uptime SLA (monthly) N/A 99.5% 99.9% 99.95%
Number of Incidents Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Incident Response Time N/A < 4 hours for
Severity 1
< 1 hour for
Severity 1
< 1 hour for
Severity 1
Support Coverage Americas
Monday-Friday
9am-5pm PST
Americas
Monday-Friday
8am-8pm ET
24x7x365 24x7x365
Account Manager No No Yes Yes
Solr Upgrade Assistance No Yes Yes Yes


Availability Reporting

Clients who select Gold, Platinum or Platinum Plus levels of support get access to an Availability Report in the SearchStax dashboard. This is a graph and a summary that documents response time and downtime so they can be compared with the guarantees of the SLA. Screenshot


Disaster Recovery

For Platinum Plus clients, SearchStax can maintain a "hot standby" deployment for disaster recovery. If something happens to your production environment, the system automatically goes into disaster-recovery mode. The system will automatically transition all live traffic to the disaster-recovery deployment to limit any disruption to your business. In parallel, the support team will begin triaging the production deployment.


SearchStax Cloud Private

Platinum Plus clients may deploy to a private cloud environment in either AWS or Azure utilizing a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) or Virtual Private Network (VPN).

A SearchStax Cloud Private is a dedicated, software defined network into which you can provision multiple SearchStax-hosted Apache Solr deployments. Using SearchStax Cloud Private allows you to limit communication between your application and your search engine via virtual private peering.

When you provision a SearchStax Cloud Private deploymen6t with Measured Search on AWS or Azure, we provision a VPC or VPN dedicated to your deployment(s) in Measured Search's AWS account(s). You can then have any number of Measured Search-hosted Apache Solr deployments inside of that Private Environment.

Once a SearchStax Cloud Private Environment has been provisioned, you can peer the VPC/VPN to the AWS or Azure VPC/VPN that houses your application infrastructure. This peering operation will create a single, extended, private network consisting of both your application infrastructure and your search deployments.


Plan Best Practices

We recommend these best practices when selecting your infrastructure provider and deployment.


Data Storage Needs

How many documents will you be loading into your Solr indexes? Select a plan that includes enough dedicated storage to meet your application's needs. If you anticipate very large storage requirements, talk with us about a custom plan.


Uptime

For mission-critical applications a Basic deployment will not meet your needs. Choose an appropriate High-Availability plan with its three redundant nodes and its three-node Zookeeper ensemble. If one server fails, the other two keep the system in service with no downtime.


Location

It is a best practice to run your application tier as close as possible to your users. SearchStax offers cloud hosting centers around the world.


Solr Version

Choose the cloud provider and region that supports your required Solr version. We currently recommend versions 5.5.5, 6.6.2, and 7.1. Versions 5.1, 5.4.1, and 6.4.2 are supported within SearchStax. Additional Solr versions are supported thru our Solr Advisory Services.


Pricing

See our plan-pricing calculator on our Plans and Pricing page.


Contact Us.

If you need assistance choosing a Deployment or Support plan, we'd like to help. Send us a question at support@measuredsearch.com.

We are only too happy to assist you!