June 5, 2017 – This week, Voyager Search™ released the latest version of its software, 1.9.9. Among many of its new features, one of the things we’re most excited about is Voyager™ software’s ability to index the authoritative content companies are storing in Amazon’s S3.
Increasingly, organizations are shifting their applications, services and data storage from on-premise data centers to commercial cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). The motivation behind this shift includes lower costs, on-demand scaling, resiliency and redundancy, as well as faster deployment times.
Given its many benefits, we’ve had several customers who want to have S3 be their single source of authoritative content, and thus would like to have the ability to index it from there. But before 1.9.9, that wasn’t exactly an easy task. Prior to this new release, customers would have to use an alternative solution to index their content from S3.
1.9.9 provides the visibility into that S3 content that companies were missing, enabling anyone storing their content in S3 to access and index all of that information in one place, without creating custom solutions. Voyager software also supports more than 2,000 file formats (imagery, shapefiles, GDAL/OGR readable data) and securely connects to the Amazon S3 bucket. In addition to indexing content, processing tasks can use the content stored in Amazon S3 as input to execute data processing tasks.
One of our greatest strengths at Voyager Search is our ability to listen, and respond, to our customers. We’re constantly talking to them about what works, what doesn’t, and what we can do to improve their search experience. Adding this new indexing capability within S3 is the direct result of customer feedback. One of those customers includes a large governmental agency in charge of managing huge amounts of map-related data. With over a petabyte of data within S3, prior to 1.9.9 the agency simply couldn’t index its content without a costly, time consuming, custom solution. With 1.9.9, Voyager streamlines the workflow to easily index AWS S3 content without customization.