Amazon CloudSearch vs Lucene: What are the differences?
Developers describe Amazon CloudSearch as "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. On the other hand, Lucene is detailed as "A high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java". Lucene Core, our flagship sub-project, provides Java-based indexing and search technology, as well as spellchecking, hit highlighting and advanced analysis/tokenization capabilities.
Amazon CloudSearch can be classified as a tool in the "Search as a Service" category, while Lucene is grouped under "Search Engines".
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, Lucene provides the following key features:
- over 150GB/hour on modern hardware
- small RAM requirements -- only 1MB heap
- incremental indexing as fast as batch indexing
According to the StackShare community, Lucene has a broader approval, being mentioned in 33 company stacks & 9 developers stacks; compared to Amazon CloudSearch, which is listed in 16 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.