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Search Tools Product Reports
FAST Data Search
comes in Professional, Enterprise and SST versions.
Platform: Linux, Solaris, Windows, HP-UX and AIX, remote search service
Price: contact company, product line starts at $120,000
- Distributed search engine architecture
- Can scale to millions of pages and hundreds of queries per second.
- High-speed robot crawler
- Interfaces with standard databases including Oracle
- Handles XML hierarchies
- File formats include PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and many others
using Stellant (INSO) filters
- Near-real-time index updating for breaking news and auction sites
- Includes categorization features
- Supports fifty languages and many character encodings including Asian double-byte
Chinese, Korean, and Japanese
- Linguistic query features include stemming, and spellchecking
- Supports synonym lists, manual recommendation and business rules
- Search reporting and log analysis
- Extensive APIs provide excellent customization options
- Browser admin allows search administrators to perform maintenance and some
Articles and Reviews
- Search Moves Well Beyond Google Information Week, June 12, 2006 by Thomas Claburn
Describes how FirstGov has switched from a FAST implementation by IBM to a combination of MSN Search and Vivisimo Search and Clustering, which now brings back results from local jurisdictions as well as the federal government. The administrator in charge likes the clustered category links. Mentions Google Search Appliance market share, and Autonomy's powerful but complex features. One search administrator points out the need to invest resources to make best use of search systems.
tunes up enterprise search software InfoWorld, March 24, 2003 by Scarlet
Version 3.2 of the FAST search engine suite adds search engine log
analysis in near-real-time, management tools for delegating search adjustments
to content editors and business managers, and additional document categorization
and clustering. Whit Andrews of Gartner Research is quoted as saying that
while the upgrades will not change the market landscape, FAST is "absolutely
going in the right direction and has a robust and mature product." He
also noted that corporations have had trouble learning about enterprise search
, which has hindered the industry "spectacularly".
Passes Google For Another Search Engine InformationWeek, January 22,
2003 by Tony Kontzer
CareerBuilder, a recruitment and job-finding service, was limited by its original
search engine, Microsoft Index Server.
After assessing a number of search engines, including the Google
Search Appliance, they choose FAST Data Search, mainly
so they could adjust search results and provide pay-for-position services.
The speed of the FAST search engine, up to 140 searches per second, and near-real-time
index updates were other considerations in the choice.
FAST Search Targets Enterprise Clients and Mid-Range Webmasters with Site
Search Products Traffik.com; June 25, 2001, by Andrew Goodman
Describes FAST search software features such as language support, technical
robustness and scalability. New remote search service provides site search
and inclusion in the Lycos index in one package.
Corporate Information with Plug-and-Play Intranet Search Dell Computer
Corp. White Paper, 2001 by Oystein Olsen
Describes the value of Intranet searching and how the FAST search engine can
fit into an Intranet.
to articles about AllTheWeb and Lycos.
Gets Fast With MP3 Wired News, February 1, 1999 by Ronald Warren Deutsch
Describes the Lycos MP3 search site
built with the FAST Search technology.
FAST (Fast Search and Transfer) has purchased the AltaVista Enterprise Search
from Overture, which will retain the Web portal search engine. This
move is eerily reminiscent of the breakup of Inktomi, with the Web
portal search engine purchased by Yahoo! and the enterprise search
) by Verity, and the
recent sale of the FAST web portal AllTheWeb to Overture. However
in this case, the AltaVista Enterprise Search Engine will be supported
but not developed further, and customers will be encouraged to move
to the Fast Enterprise Search platform.
February 25, 2003: FAST Selling Web Search to Overture, Concentrating
on Enterprise Search
Fast Search and Transfer, a Norwegian search engine
company, has announced that it's selling its Internet Business unit
to Overture. The assets sold include the webwide search engine, the
AllTheWeb.com search portal, and the partner services which provide
search to such sites as Lycos. Overture, which recently purchased
the search company AltaVista, is a leading pay-for-placement Web search
engine. FAST plans to concentrate on enterprise search products, which
are currently used on large corporate web sites, government sites
and Intranets. See the press
for more details
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