Search Technologies for SharePoint 2010 Products


When compared to SharePoint 2007, one more search technology option - FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint has been added to SharePoint 2010 product family. Options now available are:



  1. Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 search

  2. Microsoft Search Server 2010 Express

  3. Microsoft Search Server 2010

  4. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

  5. FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint

FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint provides the high-end search features (check the table below) and can search huge corpus of data extremely fast. It was not part of the Technical Preview but it will be available with public Beta. As of now, there is not much public documentation on it though 🙁


The Search Technologies for SharePoint 2010 Products document compares and contrasts the above search technologies. The document covers each technology in brief along with topology options available. Copy-pasted below is the Search Capabilities comparison table from the document:
























































































































































 


SharePoint Foundation 2010


Search Server 2010 Express


Search Server 2010


SharePoint Server 2010


FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint


Basic search


ü


ü


ü


ü


ü


Visual Best Bets
Keyword terms and synonyms defined by an administrator to enhance search results. For FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint only, a section of relevant information is displayed in addition to search results for a keyword term (for example, an image banner or HTML).


 


Limited


Limited


Limited


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Scopes
Users can filter search results by using scopes.


 


ü


ü


ü


ü


Search enhancements based on user context
Scopes Best Bets, visual Best Bets, and document promotions and demotions to a sub-group of employees.


 


 


 


 


ü


Custom properties
Manage which properties are indexed and how these are treated in search results.


 


ü


ü


ü


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Property extraction
Extracts key information (people names, locations, company names) from unstructured text to use as additional managed properties. (Limited: title, author, and date only.) 


 


Limited


Limited


Limited


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Query federation
Federates results from multiple search sources.


 


ü


ü


ü


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Query suggestions
Provides help with query formulation based on what the user types.


 


ü


ü


ü


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Similar results
Generates a new search based on the selected search result.


 


 


 


 


ü


Sort results on managed properties or rank profiles
Sort results based on selected managed properties or by FAST Query Language (FQL) formula.


 


 


 


 


ü


Relevancy tuning by document or site promotions
Promote selected documents or sites as highly relevant results for a keyword. Demote documents or sites to give lower rank. (Limited: promote documents for a given site, not query specific.)


 


Limited


Limited


Limited


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Shallow results refinement
Refine results using metadata associated with the top results.


 


ü


ü


ü


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Deep results refinement
Refine results using metadata associated with all results.


 


 


 


 


ü


Previewers
Display inline previews of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files.


 


 


 


 


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Windows 7 federation
Enterprise search results are available in Windows desktop search.


 


ü


ü


ü


ü


People search
Search users to find people by name or expertise.


 


 


 


ü


ü


Social search
Relevancy is improved by how people interact and relate with content by factoring in social tagging and the relationship of people to content and other people.


 


 


 


ü


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Taxonomy integration
Takes advantage of user generated tags. Managed taxonomy influences search rankings and experience.


 


 


 


ü


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Multi-tenant hosting
Data partitioning of crawled data based on tenants.


 


 


 


ü


 


Rich Web indexing support
Indexing of wide variety of Web content, including Flash.


 


 


 


 


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Item level scale table compares the index scalability: 























 


Max Items that can be indexed


Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 search


~ 10 million per search server


Microsoft Search Server Express


~ 300,000 with SQL Server Express, ~ 10 million with SQL Server


Microsoft Search Server 2010


~ 100 million


Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010


~ 100 million


FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint


500 million +


HTH

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