I’m heading to Las Vegas next week for the FASTForward’09 Conference. A lot is going to be happening there. This is the annual conference for customers and partners for FAST technology.
Microsoft is going to be announcing the upcoming product roadmap for the FAST technologies for the next few years.
I’m looking forward to getting to know FAST technology partners that I haven’t yet met and to talk about how to integrate the great work that they’ve been doing in the FAST arena with the SharePoint ecosystem. It should be a productive week.
However, the economy is affecting the travel plans of many customers and partners that would have liked to attend, but can’t afford the travel expenses. Microsoft is offering the FASTForward’09 conference in a Virtual offering, so if you’d like to participate from your office, please feel free to learn more about this option at the registration site.
For more information about the FASTForward’09 agenda, conference speakers, and content, click here!
MSFT and RIM announced a strategic partnership today to use Live Search on RIM blackberry devices. Interesting that AT&T signed with Yahoo last week for mobile search.
Search technologies seem to be heading in the area where they may change the way that UIs are considered. I know that one of my favorite features on my Windows Mobile Smartphone is the smart contact search/find as I start typing the contact’s name (and, yes, I know that other software packages also provide this).
What other areas of a phone UI can benefit from this type of search-ahead, or other search-enabled advance? I think there will be many.
As good as MSFT and Google are getting with their “Local” types of technologies, i.e. finding local businesses, I really think that could be improved. I do a number of “local” searches, and I wouldn’t have a problem with the phone saving that data and providing me better capabilities here.
I also use Pocket Microsoft, and other apps, and would like to see more lookahead in these areas, and search within documents/spreadsheets/RSS/e-books, etc.
We released two Microsoft Enterprise Search Indexing Connectors (also known as Protocol Handlers) for EMC Documentum 5.3 (Service Pack 4) and IBM FileNet P8 3.5.1 or 3.5.2.
The connectors are compatible with the 32-bit English-language versions of SharePoint Server 2007 (Service Pack 1), Search Server 2008 and Search Server 2008 Express. Both indexing connectors are fully supported by Microsoft Product Support Services.
The following resources provide details for installing and using the indexing connector for IBM FileNet:
The following resources provide details for installing and using the indexing connector for EMC Documentum:
These new SharePoint web parts provide interoperability between FAST ESP and Microsoft SharePoint Server.
Using these Web Parts and Site Templates, SharePoint administrators will be able to quickly and easily build FAST ESP-based search sites inside SharePoint 2007 by simply dropping in and configuring the appropriate components.
Visit here (CodePlex) for more details and to download the web parts.
We’ve heard from many partners who are interested in redistributing Search Server Express with their hardware and software solutions.
Microsoft Partners can now do so by registering for the new end-user license agreement (available here). This EULA is available in all Search Server Express product languages.
I was reading Dan Holmes’ SharePoint Newsletter today and he talked about his observations in regards to SharePoint Search v1, v2, and v3. Did you realize there were 3 versions of SharePoint Search being discussed now? 2 are released, and the third will be in Office 14. How did the second version get released if we still only have MOSS 2007 and, someday, Office 14? I thought he said it pretty well, so I’m including a portion below. You can read more of Dan’s articles on http://www.officesharepointpro.com.
Search: a Case Study of Innovation and Delivery
Last week I reviewed the success of SharePoint search, but I’m going to return to it for a moment. Talk about rapid innovation! We’re going to devour what they’ve got cookin’ in vNext. There’s no doubt that the investments that Microsoft is making in search to take on Google are paying off in a big way for enterprise search.
I had not stopped to consider that Search Server 2008 is really "version 2.0" of MOSS Search. That means that Search got a "new version" just 18 months after the release of the "first version" (MOSS). It introduced new capabilities and did a lot of back-end optimization. Microsoft will be releasing an update for MOSS to bring its functionality up to the same level later this year, and the upgrade will be seamless. SharePoint 14 will therefore be "version 3.0" of MOSS Search, will introduce important new capabilities, and the upgrade promises to be equally smooth (e.g., hopefully no rebuilding of indices). It’s this kind of rapid-release of incremental improvements to functionality that our community really needs.
The "wait 3 to 4 years then do a big painful migration" model that Microsoft puts us through on most of its products has got to change. What we’re getting from Search is exactly what the entire industry is searching for from a deployment and manageability perspective. And what I see as an analyst is a product making deliberate steps forward, rather than lurching and jumping forward like, say, the Windows client (Vista), which illustrates the risk of waiting too long then jumping. I hope the rest of Microsoft is paying attention to what the SharePoint Search team has achieved.
With the two new Search Server 2008 products that were recently released (www.microsoft.com/enterprisesearch), there have been questions about when can the Express product be used and when is the full Search Server 2008 product required?
Q: Does Search Server 2008 Express require SQL Server 2005 Express Edition?
A: No, Search Server Express can still use SQL Server. If you choose the Basic install, then SQL Express will be installed. If you choose Advanced install, then you can select a SQL Server instance to use.
Q: Does Search Server 2008 Express have a capacity limit, or ceiling, on the number of documents it can index?
A: No, Search Server 2008 Express does not have a limit on the number of items indexed. If you are using SQL Express as the back end, then SQL Express has a database size limit of 4GB, which you will be restricted to.
Q: So, the difference between the two versions is the redundancy on the front-end servers?
A: Right. Specifically, with Search Server 2008 Express, you cannot have more than one query server in your farm.