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Compare Amazon CloudSearch vs Azure Search

What is better Amazon CloudSearch or Azure Search? To make sure you purchase the most helpful and productive Site Search Solutions for your business, you have to compare products available on the market. For instance, here you can match Amazon CloudSearch’s overall score of 9.9 against Azure Search’s score of 9.9. You can also compare their general user satisfaction: Amazon CloudSearch (100%) vs. Azure Search (99%).

What’s more, you can evaluate their good and bad points feature by feature, including their contract conditions and rates. By comparing products you are improving your chances to pick the right software for your needs. It’s clear you must understand your unique needs to realize which service matches those needs.

Our team put a lot of effort to review all popular Site Search Solutions services that you can find out there, but among all the ones we reviewed these three caught our special attention: Google Cloud Search, Azure Search, Amazon CloudSearch.

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SmartScore™

OUR SCORE 9.9

User Satisfaction

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE 100%

Pricing

Starting from $0.059

Pricing Model

Free

Monthly payment

One-time payment

Annual Subscription

Quote-based

List of Features

  • Create a Search Domain
  • Automated Provisioning  and Maintenance of Search Domain
  • Search Instances
  • Scale Based on Search Index Data and Search Traffic
  • Replication of Search Instances
  • Partitioning of Search Index
  • Multi-Availablity Zone Option
  • Configuration Service
  • Indexing Options
  • Index Fields
  • Text Analysis Schemes
  • Availability Options
  • Scaling Options
  • Suggesters
  • Rank Search Results through Numeric Expressions
  • Document Service
  • Change Searchable Data
  • Search Service
  • Unique Search HTTP Endpoint for every Domain
  • Rich Query Language
  • Search Features
  • Free Text, Boolean, and Faceted Search
  • Field Weighting
  • Geospatial Search
  • Support for 34 Languages

Pricing Info

With no set-up fees and upfront commitments, Amazon CloudSearch doesn’t offer an enterprise pricing plan. Instead, it is using a pay-as-you-go pricing method wherein you only need to pay for your search instance usage which pricing is calculated on an hourly basis, the total number of the batch documents you uploaded to the search domain, the amount of data you stored in the search domain when you explicitly made IndexDocuments requests/calls, and the amount of data you transferred in and out Amazon CloudSearch.

In addition, all of the charges are billed on a monthly basis and vary depending on which region you belong. Here are the details:

Search Instances

US East (N. Virigina)

  • search.m1.small – $0.059 per hour
  • search.m3.medium – $0.094 per hour
  • search.m3.large –  $0.188 per hour
  • search.m3.xlarge -$0.376 per hour
  • search.m3.2xlarge –  $0.752 per hour

US West (Northern California)

  • search.m1.small – $0.063 per hour
  • search.m3.medium – $0.104 per hour
  • search.m3.large – $0.208 per hour
  • search.m3.xlarge – $0.416 per hour
  • search.m3.2xlarge – $0.832 per hour

US West (Oregon)

  • search.m1.small – $0.059 per hour
  • search.m3.medium – $0.094 per hour
  • search.m3.large – $0.188 per hour
  • search.m3.xlarge – $0.376 per hour
  • search.m3.2xlarge – $0.752 per hour

Asia Pacific (Seoul)

  • search.m4.large – $0.255 per hour
  • search.m4.xlarge – $0.511 per hour
  • search.m4.2xlarge – $1.023 per hour

Asia Pacific (Singapore)

  • search.m1.small – $0.078 per hour
  • search.m3.medium – $0.132 per hour
  • search.m3.large – $0.264 per hour
  • search.m3.xlarge – $0.528 per hour
  • search.m3.2xlarge – $1.056 per hour

Asia Pacific (Sydney)

  • search.m1.small – $0.078 per hour
  • search.m3.medium – $0.132 per hour
  • search.m3.large – $0.264 per hour
  • search.m3.xlarge – $0.528 per hour
  • search.m3.2xlarge – $1.056 per hour

Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

  • search.m1.small – $0.082 per hour
  • search.m3.medium – $0.136 per hour
  • search.m3.large – $0.272 per hour
  • search.m3.xlarge – $0.544 per hour
  • search.m3.2xlarge  – $1.088 per hour

EU (Franfurt)

  • search.m3.medium – $0.112 per hour
  • search.m3.large – $0.224 per hour
  • search.m3.xlarge – $0.448 per hour
  • search.m3.2xlarge – $0.896 per hour

EU (Ireland)

  • search.m1.small – $0.063 per hour
  • search.m3.medium – $0.104 per hour
  • search.m3.large – $0.208 per hour
  • search.m3.xlarge – $0.416 per hour
  • search.m3.2xlarge – $0.832 per hour

South America (Sao Paolo)

  • search.m1.small – $0.078 per hour
  • search.m3.medium – $0.128 per hour
  • search.m3.large – $0.256 per hour
  • search.m3.xlarge – $0.512 per hour
  • search.m3.2xlarge –  $1.024 per hour

Pricing is per instance-hour consumed for each search instance, from the time the instance is launched until it is terminated. Each partial instance-hour consumed is billed as a full hour.

When you enable the Multi-AZ option for enhanced data durability and availability, Amazon CloudSearch provisions and maintains additional search instances in a different Availability Zone. Search traffic is distributed across all of the instances and the instances in either zone are capable of handling the full load in the event of a service disruption. When you enable the Multi-AZ option, you are charged for the additional search instance hours used at the regular rates for the applicable region.

Previous Generation Search Instances

Below are the prices for previous generation instances, which are only available for existing search domains. All newly created domains will be provisioned with the higher performance newer generation instance options.

US East (N. Virigina)

  • search.m1.large – $0.236 per hour
  • search.m2.xlarge – $0.306 per hour
  • search.m2.2xlarge – $0.613 per hour

US West (Northern California)

  • search.m1.large – $0.257 per hour
  • search.m2.xlarge – $0.344 per hour
  • search.m2.2xlarge – $0.688 per hour

US West (Oregon)

  • search.m1.large – $0.236 per hour
  • search.m2.xlarge – $0.306 per hour
  • search.m2.2xlarge – $0.613 per hour

Asia Pacific (Singapore)

  • search.m1.large – $0.315 per hour
  • search.m2.xlarge – $0.370 per hour
  • search.m2.2xlarge – $0.740 per hour

Asia Pacific (Sydney)

  • search.m1.large – $0.315 per hour
  • search.m2.xlarge – $0.370 per hour
  • search.m2.2xlarge – $0.740 per hour

Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

  • search.m1.large – $0.328 per hour
    search.m2.xlarge – $0.359 per hour
    search.m2.2xlarge – $0.719 per hour

EU (Ireland)

  • search.m1.large – $0.257 per hour
  • search.m2.xlarge – $0.344 per hour
  • search.m2.2xlarge – $0.688 per hour

South America (Sao Paolo)

  • search.m1.large – $0.315 per hour
  • search.m2.xlarge – $0.404 per hour
  • search.m2.2xlarge – $0.806 per hour

Pricing is per instance-hour consumed for each search instance, from the time the instance is launched until it is terminated. Each partial instance-hour consumed is billed as a full hour.

When you enable the Multi-AZ option for enhanced data durability and availability, Amazon CloudSearch provisions and maintains additional search instances in a different Availability Zone. Search traffic is distributed across all of the instances and the instances in either zone are capable of handling the full load in the event of a service disruption. When you enable the Multi-AZ option, you are charged for the additional search instance hours used at the regular rates for the applicable region.

Batch Uploads

You are billed for the total number of document batches uploaded to your search domain. Uploaded documents are automatically indexed.

  • $0.10 per 1,000 Batch Upload Requests (the maximum size for each batch is 5 MB)

IndexDocuments Requests

When you make configuration changes to your index, for example by adding a field, you will need to rebuild the index. To do this, you use the AWS Management Console, command line tools, AWS SDKs, or APIs to issue an IndexDocuments request. The charge for this request is:

  • $0.98 per GB of data stored in your search domain

Amazon CloudSearch may occasionally issue these calls for you. For example, as you add data to your domain, Amazon CloudSearch may proactively rebuild your index to improve query performance. You will not be charged in this case, and others, where you do not explicitly call IndexDocuments.

Data Transfer

The pricing below is based on data transferred “in” and “out” of Amazon CloudSearch.

US East (N. Virigina)

Data Transfer In

  • All Data Transfer In – $0.000 per GB

Data Transfer Out

  • First 10 TB / month – $0.090 per GB
  • Next 40 TB / month – $0.085 per GB
  • Next 100 TB / month – $0.070 per GB

US West (Northern California)

Data Transfer In

  • All Data Transfer In – $0.000 per GB

Data Transfer Out

  • First 10 TB / month – $0.090 per GB
  • Next 40 TB / month – $0.085 per GB
  • Next 100 TB / month – $0.070 per GB

US West (Oregon)

Data Transfer In

  • All Data Transfer In – $0.000 per GB

Data Transfer Out

  • First 10 TB / month – $0.090 per GB
  • Next 40 TB / month – $0.085 per GB
  • Next 100 TB / month- $0.070 per GB

Asia Pacific (Seoul)

Data Transfer In

  • All Data Transfer In – $0.000 per GB

Data Transfer Out

  • First 10 TB / month – $0.126 per GB
  • Next 40 TB / month – $0.122 per GB
  • Next 100 TB / month – $0.117 per GB

Asia Pacific (Singapore)

Data Transfer In

  • All Data Transfer In – $0.000 per GB

Data Transfer Out

  • First 10 TB / month- $0.120 per GB
  • Next 40 TB / month – $0.085 per GB
  • Next 100 TB / month – $0.082 per GB

Asia Pacific (Sydney)

Data Transfer In

  • All Data Transfer In – $0.000 per GB

Data Transfer Out

  • First 10 TB / month – $0.140 per GB
  • Next 40 TB / month – $0.135 per GB
  • Next 100 TB / month – $0.130 per GB

Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

Data Transfer In

  • All Data Transfer In – $0.000 per GB

Data Transfer Out

  • First 10 TB / month – $0.140 per GB
  • Next 40 TB / month – $0.135 per GB
  • Next 100 TB / month – $0.130 per GB

EU (Frankfurt)

Data Transfer In

  • All Data Transfer In – $0.000 per GB

Data Transfer Out

  • First 10 TB / month – $0.090 per GB
  • Next 40 TB / month – $0.085 per GB
  • Next 100 TB / month – $0.070 per GB

EU (Ireland)

Data Transfer In

  • All Data Transfer In – $0.000 per GB

Data Transfer Out

  • First 10 TB / month – $0.090 per GB
  • Next 40 TB / month – $0.085 per GB
  • Next 100 TB / month – $0.070 per GB

South America (Sao Paolo)

Data Transfer In

  • All Data Transfer In – $0.000 per GB

Data Transfer Out

  • First 10 TB / month $0.250 per GB
  • Next 40 TB / month $0.230 per GB
  • Next 100 TB / month $0.210 per GB

Data transferred between Amazon CloudSearch and AWS services in the same region is free.

Data transferred between Amazon CloudSearch and AWS services in different regions will be charged as Internet Data Transfer on both sides of the transfer.

For traffic sent between Amazon CloudSearch and Amazon EC2 instances in the same region, you are only charged for the Data Transfer in and out of the Amazon EC2 instances, and standard Amazon EC2 Regional Data Transfer charges apply. For additional information, please visit the official website of AWS and check the EC2 pricing.

You can always see the resources you’re consuming in Amazon CloudSearch via the Account Activity page on the AWS website, the AWS Management Console, CloudSearch command line tools, or CloudSearch APIs.

Languages Supported

English

Chinese

German

Hindi

Japanese

Spanish

French

Russian

Italian

Dutch

Portugese

Polish

Turkish

Swedish

Prominent Clients

Bizo, Vuzz, SMART Insight

Integrations

Amazon CloudSearch integrates with the following tools from Amazon Web Services:

  • AWS Management Console
  • AWS CLI (Comand Line Interface)
  • AWS SDKs
  • IAM (Identity and Access Management)

Available Devices

Windows

Linux

Android

iPhone/iPad

Mac

Web-based

Windows Mobile

Company Size

Small Business

Large Enterprises

Medium Business

Freelancers

Available Support

email

phone

live support

training

tickets

General Info

A scalable, reliable, cost-effective, and fully managed search service built on the Amazon Web Services which provides organizations and business with the ability to create a search domain or solution that can be automatically provisioned, configured, scaled, and maintained to enhance the search capabilities of websites and applications and deliver a low latency and high throughput search performance.

Company Email

Contact No.

Company's Address

Amazon Web Services Inc.
440 Terry Ave N,
Seattle, WA 98109
USA

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SmartScore™

OUR SCORE 9.9

User Satisfaction

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE 99%

Pricing

Starting from $73.73

Pricing Model

Free

Monthly payment

One-time payment

Annual Subscription

Quote-based

List of Features

  • Build a Great Enterprise Search Solution
  • Incorporate AI to the Indexing Process
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Extract Unstructured Content From Source Documents
  • Convert Unstructured Content to Searchable Content
  • Generate Enriched Documents
  • Fully-Managed Search Service
  • Quickly Provision Search
  • Set Up and Manage Search Index through API Calls and Microsoft .NET SDK
  • Full-Text Search
  • Simple Query Syntax
  • Lucene Query Syntax
  • Data Integration
  • Linguistic Analysis
  • Geo-Search
  • User Experience Features
  • Relevance
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Tools for Prototyping and Inspection

Pricing Info

Alongside its free plan, Azure Search offers several SMB and enterprise pricing for all users to choose from. The plans are using pricing method wherein you only need to pay for the number of search units you used or provisioned for a given hour. Search units are the Azure Search resources used for your service. In addition, the pricing of the plans varies depending on the number of replicas and partitions you can use for scaling, the storage capacity you need for the partitions, the number of indices you can set up per service, and the region you belong.

The search units which you can use can also be combined to process more search queries per second, increase the number documents you can upload and manage, speed up data ingestion, and improve search performance. Moreover, you will be charged with a corresponding bandwidth cost when you transmit data in and out of Azure data centers. Please visit the official website of Microsoft Azure to check the rates for data transfer and bandwidth usage. Meanwhile, here are the details on Azure Search’s pricing plans:

Free

  • Free
  • Storage – 50 MB
  • Max indexes per service – 3
  • Documents Hosted – 10,000 documents
    • West Central US, East Asia, Japan West
  • Data Transfer – Standard rates apply

Basic

  • Price Per Search Unit -$73.73/mo. or $0.101/hr.
    • East US, East US 2, North Central US, South Central US, West Central US, West US, West US 2, North Europe, West Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia
  • Price Per Search Unit – $97.09/month or $0.133/hour
    • Japan West, Brazil South
  • Storage – 2 GB per service
  • Max indexes per service – 5
  • Documents Hosted – 1 million
    • West Central US, East Asia, Japan West
  • Scale out limits – Up to 3 units per service
  • Data Transfer – Standard rates apply

Standard S1

  • Price Per Search Unit – $245.28/mo. or $0.336/hr.
    • East US, East US 2, North Central US, South Central US, West Central US, West US, West US 2, North Europe, West Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia
  • Price Per Search Unit – $$324.12/mo. or $0.444/hr.
    • Japan West, Brazil South
  • Storage – 25 GB/partition (max 300 GB documents per service)
  • Max indexes per service – 50
  • Documents Hosted – 15 million/partition (up to 180 million documents per service)
    • West Central US, East Asia, Japan West
  • Scale out limits – Up to 36 units per service (max 12 partitions; max 12 replicas)
  • Data Transfer – Standard rates apply

Standard S2

  • Price Per Search Unit – $981.12/mo. or $1.344/hr.
    • East US, East US 2, North Central US, South Central US, West Central US, West US, West US 2, North Europe, West Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia
  • Price Per Search Unit – $1,295.02/mo. or $1.774/hr.
    • Japan West, Brazil South
  • Storage – 100 GB/partition (max 1.2 TB documents per service)
  • Max indexes per service – 200
  • Documents Hosted – 60 million/partition (up to 720 million documents per service)
    • West Central US, East Asia, Japan West
  • Scale out limits – Up to 36 units per service (max 12 partitions; max 12 replicas)
  • Data Transfer – Standard rates apply

Standard S3

  • Price Per Search Unit – $1,962.24/mo. or  $2.688/hr.
    • East US, East US 2, North Central US, South Central US, West Central US, West US, West US 2, North Europe, West Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia
  • Price Per Search Unit – $2,592.96/mo. or  $3.552/hr.
    • Japan West, Brazil South
  • Storage – 200 GB/partition (max 2.4 TB documents per service)
  • Max indexes per service – 200 or 1000/partition in high density mode*
  • Documents Hosted – 120 million/partition (up to 1.4 billion documents per service) or 1m/index in high density mode*
    • West Central US, East Asia, Japan West
  • Scale out limits – Up to 36 units per service (max 12 partitions; max 12 replicas) up to 12 replicas in high density mode*
  • Data Transfer – Standard rates apply

*High density (HD) mode is an option available within the standard S3 service that allows a larger number of indexes to be created in a single service. Using HD mode, a service can create up to 1,000 indexes/partition, where an index may be no more than 1 million documents (or 2 GB storage), and the total number of documents and storage across all indexes may not exceed 120 million documents/partition or 200 GB/partition.

Languages Supported

English

Chinese

German

Hindi

Japanese

Spanish

French

Russian

Italian

Dutch

Portugese

Polish

Turkish

Swedish

Prominent Clients

Audioburst, Navitime, NBC Sports

Integrations

Azure Search integrates with the following data sources from Microsoft Azure:

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Azure Blob Storage

Available Devices

Windows

Linux

Android

iPhone/iPad

Mac

Web-based

Windows Mobile

Company Size

Small Business

Large Enterprises

Medium Business

Freelancers

Available Support

email

phone

live support

training

tickets

General Info

A high-performing, world-class, and AI-powered search-as-a-service cloud solution developed to assist developers and business professionals in incorporating powerful and advanced search capabilities into their web and mobile applications. optimizing the indexing process through artificial intelligence, and building a build fully-managed search solutions which can enhance customer engagement and business performance.

Company Email

Contact No.

Company's Address

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399
USA

No Site Search Solutions will manate to cover all the requirements of a company. Though main functionalities of Amazon CloudSearch and Azure Search should matter you should also carefully analyze the integrations provided by a given app. Quote frequently you will already be using various kinds of B2B software in your company and it’s definitely better to go with services that integrate well with one another. That way you will be able to guarantee an effortless transfer of information between your teams and apps, which can considerably reduce time spent on migrating between one software and the next.

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