The Microsoft Azure Search team recently released a new preview version which includes some interesting new features. I’ve briefly covered them in my previous Azure Search Services post but wanted to dive a bit deeper into the Indexers.
An indexer is basically a content crawler written for a specific data source eliminating the need for writing code responsible for extract data from your data source and feed this data within the index. The indexer runs within the Azure context and it’s therefore not required to create a service for hosting this process (billing details are not at available yet).
At the time of writing, it’s only possible to configure a DocumentDB and Azure SQL Database as a data source. However, this might change in the future depending on customer needs.