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"It's the best solution for any company. It has a hosting ERP system for any task. AWS is stable. AWS is more flexible and its elastic concept is a new concept. AWS is also very secure. It has many layers of security, like hardware security and software security. This is a big issue.""The best feature is its scalability in that Cloud is always on the fly.""The quality of the solution is good."

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"Provides flexibility to tune the relevance and ranking of results."

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"Maybe they are common in Egypt, but you should make a request on Amazon to create a function to monitor CPU performance, memory, and files. It is very difficult in AWS. I would tell them it should be simple, just drag and drop. I think they could develop this option so we can drag and drop to monitor performance of the processor and memory.""Security is a concern but they're working on it.""The solution should improve the recovery aspects that it has on offer."

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"The time it takes for indexing documents could be reduced."

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"We chose AWS because of its cost and stability."

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Amazon CloudSearch is a managed service in the AWS Cloud that makes it simple and cost-effective to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application.
Amazon CloudSearch supports 34 languages and popular search features such as highlighting, autocomplete, and geospatial search. With Amazon CloudSearch, you can quickly add rich search capabilities to your website or application. You don't need to become a search expert or worry about hardware provisioning, setup, and maintenance. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can create a search domain and upload the data that you want to make searchable, and Amazon CloudSearch will automatically provision the required resources and deploy a highly tuned search index.

You can easily change your search parameters, fine tune search relevance, and apply new settings at any time. As your volume of data and traffic fluctuates, Amazon CloudSearch seamlessly scales to meet your needs.

Amazon Kendra is a highly accurate and easy to use enterprise search service that’s powered by machine learning. Kendra enables developers to add search capabilities to their applications so their end users can discover information stored within the vast amount of content spread across their company. This includes data from manuals, research reports, FAQs, HR documentation, customer service guides, and is found across various systems such as file systems, web sites, Box, DropBox, Salesforce, SharePoint, relational databases, Amazon S3, and more. When you type a question, the service uses machine learning algorithms to understand the context and return the most relevant results, whether that be a precise answer or an entire document. For example, you can ask a question like "How much is the cash reward on the corporate credit card?” and Kendra will map to the relevant documents and return a specific answer like “2%”. Kendra provides sample code so that you can get started quickly and easily integrate highly accurate search into your new or existing applications.

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SmugMugExpedia, Intuit, Royal Dutch Shell, Brooks Brothers
Top Industries
Media Company39%
Computer Software Company17%
Comms Service Provider10%
Media Company41%
Computer Software Company21%
Comms Service Provider8%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
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Amazon AWS CloudSearch is ranked 3rd in Search as a Service with 3 reviews while Amazon Kendra is ranked 6th in Search as a Service with 1 review. Amazon AWS CloudSearch is rated 8.6, while Amazon Kendra is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Amazon AWS CloudSearch writes "Has worldwide stability and many layers of security, like hardware security and software security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Amazon Kendra writes "Tunes the relevance and ranking of results which improves accuracy; price is very high". Amazon AWS CloudSearch is most compared with Algolia, ELK Elasticsearch, Amazon Athena, Amazon Elasticsearch Service and Azure Search, whereas Amazon Kendra is most compared with Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Azure Search, Solr and Algolia.

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