By Timo Selvaraj
With the growing popularity and convenience of the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform, we have a number of customers deploying search on the Azure cloud as it simplifies the ability to directly index documents and websites. Azure Search Service does not index documents or crawl websites which is a major drawback if you have multiple data sources to bring together and search across. SearchBlox can be installed on a Windows or Linux virtual instance or on a docker container. The SearchBlox Server end points can be accessed from within the Azure Cloud or from any external platform including mobile devices or browsers.
#1 Setup your Cloud instance on Azure
Setup a cloud instance with atleast 4GB available for SearchBlox to run as a service. Your cloud server can be a 7GB instance where 4GB is used by SearchBlox. Choose atleast a 2 core server or more for best search indexing and response times.
#2 Download SearchBlox
Depending on the type of OS (Win, Linux or Mac) you are using, SearchBlox offers the Search server which can be downloaded and installed as a service.
3# Setup your collections on the Cloud Server
Once the windows or linux SearchBlox service is installed, SearchBlox will be available on http://localhost:8080/searchblox/admin/main.jsp for setup of the collections. Please log-in using username and password as ‘admin’ to get started with indexing and search.
SearchBlox on Azure provides a search service in an easy and simple manner taking out the complexities of configuring Azure Search or any other external components like Solr or Lucene.
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