Amazon CloudSearch vs Bonsai: What are the differences?
What is Amazon CloudSearch? Set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. Amazon CloudSearch enables you to search large collections of data such as web pages, document files, forum posts, or product information. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can create a search domain, upload the data you want to make searchable to Amazon CloudSearch, and the search service automatically provisions the required technology resources and deploys a highly tuned search index.
What is Bonsai? Fast, reliable full-text search, managed for you by experts. Your customers expect fast, near-magical results from your search. Help them find what they’re looking for with Bonsai Elasticsearch. Our fully managed Elasticsearch solution makes it easy to create, manage, and test your app's search.
Amazon CloudSearch and Bonsai can be primarily classified as "Search as a Service" tools.
Some of the features offered by Amazon CloudSearch are:
- Simple to Configure – You can make your data searchable using the AWS Management Console, API calls, or command line tools. Simply point to a sample set of data, and Amazon CloudSearch automatically proposes a list of index fields and a suggested configuration.
- Automatic Scaling For Data &
- Traffic – Amazon CloudSearch scales up and down seamlessly as the amount of data or query volume changes.
On the other hand, Bonsai provides the following key features:
- The Open Source Advantage- Our service is proudly powered by Elasticsearch and Apache Lucene, the open source industry standard for fast full-text search.
- Results in Real-Time- Search your site's activity as it happens, with Elasticsearch's cutting-edge real-time updates
- High Availability by default
According to the StackShare community, Amazon CloudSearch has a broader approval, being mentioned in 16 company stacks & 6 developers stacks; compared to Bonsai, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.
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We used Bonsai happily for 2 years, great service, but then they forced us to upgrade or we'd have to pay 5x the price! VERY unhappy about that. caused us days of unnecessary work.