Search-Based Applications (SBAs)

SBAs break with a 25-year tradition of database-centered application development by providing unified information access and analytics via powerful search and indexing technologies coupled with standard Web technologies. The result is a single, astonishingly scalable platform ideally suited to today's diverse, distributed Big Data environments. SBAs bring unprecedented agility, performance and usability to a wide variety of mission-critical business processes.

What Are SBAs?

SBAs break with a 25-year tradition of database-centered application development by providing unified information access and analytics via powerful search and indexing technologies coupled with standard Web technologies. The result is a single, astonishingly scalable platform ideally suited to today's diverse, distributed Big Data environments. SBAs bring unprecedented agility, performance and usability to a wide variety of mission-critical business processes:

  • Big Data Solutions (The A-Z of EXALEAD & Big Data: Storage, Processing, Access, Analytics & SBAs)
  • eBusiness (eCommerce, Classifieds, Media & Publishing, Social Networking...)
  • Enterprise Search (Unified search across all data, whether internal or external, structured or unstructured)

Download our Search-Based Applications Solution Brief. See also our white paper A Practical Guide to Big Data.

Why Are SBAs Important?

Astonishing Scalability
Index-based SBAs are 100s of times faster than relational database technologiesfor most search, access and analytics tasks. They can provide sub-second query processing against staggering volumes of data (billions of records and petabytes of data) for thousands of simultaneous users. And they can maintain this data in real time, dropping data latency rates to mere seconds from the 24 hours or more typical for datawarehouse architectures.

High Usability
With fuzzy matching, natural language querying, and navigation of results via dynamic data classification and categorization tools, SBAs are inherently user-friendly. The independent data layer created in a SBA is also highly practical: organizations can build it once, then leverage it to meet the unique needs of multiple user communities across multiple channels. SBAs are also practical in that they transform messy, previously unexploited content into usable information assets: SBAs can reach beyond databases to harness massive volumes of 'unstructured' content like email, Office documents, multimedia files and Web pages - content containing valuable qualitative and emotive intelligence.

Unprecedented Agility
Non-intrusive,
service-oriented SBAs are very fast to develop (2-8 weeks on average for CloudView SBAs) and can be easily modified without disturbing underlying data production systems, making them ideal for the rapid protoyping and iterative release cycles central to Agile Software Development methodologies. But they support more than just agile software development, they help build more agile businesses.

AKERYS's Lab Immo, Search-Based Analytics at Work

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They help organizations better identify trends and respond more quickly and effectively to change with their capacity to:

  • Instantly bridge data silos
  • Identify emerging trends in high volume 'weak-signal' data (like Web content)
  • Deliver unified data access and reporting in real-time.

Low Cost
SBAs provide these benefits at a surprisingly low cost. They are far less resource intensive than traditional relational database technologies (in terms of both hardware and staff), and they provide a remarkable depth and breadth of capability through a single, adaptable platform.

Why is CloudView the Leading SBAs Platform?

Much of CloudView's success as a SBA infrastructure is due to the engine's unique evolution: CloudView alone was designed from inception for both the Web and the enterprise. Because of this dual DNA, CloudView provides a singular balance of corporate functionality and Web simplicity, scalability and innovation essential for successful SBAs.

On the Web side, CloudView drives a 16 billion page public search engine and serves 100 million unique monthly visitors through its public and customer installations. On the enterprise front, CloudView couples Web performance and scalability with:

  • Advanced Semantic Processing of Unstructured Data
  • Superior Structured Data Handling
  • Flexible Information Access
  • Full Compliance with Existing Security Systems

To learn more, we invite you to download CloudView Platform Highlights or our Search-Based Applications Solution Brief. To learn more about the role of search-based applications in general, and CloudView's capabilities in particular, in Big Data environments, visit our Big Data Solutions page, or download our white paper A Practical Guide to Big Data.