Amazon CloudSearch vs Swiftype: 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 Swiftype? Powerful and scalable search for any application or website. Swiftype is the easiest way to add great search to your website or mobile application.
Amazon CloudSearch and Swiftype can be categorized 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, Swiftype provides the following key features:
- Autocomplete- our search engines come with autocomplete built-in
- Detailed Analytics- Our built-in search analytics give you real-time insight into what your users are looking for.
"Managed" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon CloudSearch over the competitors, whereas "Very easy setup and highly customizable for your search" was stated as the key factor in picking Swiftype.
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