Tag Archives: Search


Azure Search Indexers – Indexing collections

Azure Search Indexers

I previously wrote a blog post called Index data without writing code and recently received some interesting comments / questions in regards to using the Collection(Edm.String) collection datatype when having a SQL Server based data source. And I therefore decided to compile the information within a separate blog post. (Special thanks to the Azure search team for answering some of my queries!)

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Microsoft and Elasticsearch

Microsoft-and-ElasticsearchI’m not a big fan of short tweet-like blog post however, I would like to share this video where Pablo Castro, a Director of Engineering at Microsoft currently leading Azure Search, talks about how Microsoft is using Elasticsearch. The video is way too short, but still interesting to watch.

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Azure Search – Something about Search

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In this post I just want to cover Azure Search from a different perspective and share some details that might help people getting starting in the interesting world of search. The main focus will be on pointing out the underlying technology, helping you to better understand and build search solutions.

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Azure Search Indexers – Index data without writing code

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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).

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Azure Search Service – New features

Azure-Search

If you are as interested in Azure Search as I am, you might already know that the Azure Search Service was made generally available earlier this this month. Additional details can be found here

This includes a Service level agreement stating that Microsoft will guarantee at least 99.9% availability for index query requests when an Azure Search Service Instance is configured with two or more replicas, and index update requests when an Azure Search Service Instance is configured with three or more replicas. Note that the free tier doesn’t have an SLA, which makes perfect sense.

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