Announcing the availability of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Search Service with OpenSearch

May 10, 2022 | 3 minute read
Jim Battenberg
Senior Director, Product Management
Jordan Oliver
Principal Product Manager
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Today, we’re announcing the general availability of Oracle Search Service with OpenSearch in all regions. This service makes it easy for customers to ingest, search, visualize, and analyze data. This managed service is the first of many others currently in development, marking a new era for OCI: Managed open source software services.

OCI and OpenSearch

As a managed insight engine running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), we remove the operational burden of managing search infrastructure by automating typical maintenance activities, including patching, updating, upgrading, backups, and resizing—all without downtime. Customers can store, search, and analyze huge volumes of data quickly and see results in near real time. Instead of searching data directly, the service searches an index.

OpenSearch and OpenDashboards were forked from Elasticsearch and Kibana (7.10.2) in 2021 and now operate as a separate open source project supported by a growing community, including Oracle and Amazon Web Services (AWS), who have partnered as key contributing members. OpenSearch is now the preferred search choice for hundreds of enterprises.

Because our service is uniquely based on OCI Flex infrastructure, you specify the exact number of CPUs, memory, and storage required for your specific needs. When you need scalability, you can size up horizontally or vertically, on the fly, without downtime. Use the same APIs currently in place for existing Elasticsearch-style use cases, like application search or log analytics, and point them to our OpenSearch endpoints to get up and running quickly.

OCI Search Service with OpenSearch is fully integrated with OCI Identity and Access Management (IAM) and inherits OCI's simple, integrated, and prescriptive security philosophy, providing zero-trust access controls and authorization policies.

The service allows you to easily evaluate and onboard with low upfront costs and is cost-competitive in the market. You can configure a cluster within the managed service for the exact same price as hosting directly on infrastructure. The only time you see a charge from OCI Search Service with OpenSearch is when high-availability clusters are provisioned. Furthermore, the service is 30–50% less expensive compared to other leading cloud providers.

With OCI Search Service with OpenSearch, you no longer need to worry about operational overhead. Automated cluster deployment, including automatic backups and patching, reduces the infrastructure maintenance burden, allowing you to instead focus on actionable insights. 

Log analytics

Store, investigate, and connect event data to find, fix, or prevent issues as fast as possible and enhance application performance. Seamlessly expand your cluster size for seasonal fluctuations in event data. A travel incentive company, for example, can use OCI Search Service with OpenSearch to analyze call volume across multiple providers to quickly target and resolve issues, so their customer requests reach the intended team.

Search

Datasets constantly increase in size, and a fast, customized search experience is necessary for your applications, websites, and large data repositories. OCI Search Service with OpenSearch enables fast results-based indexes and is popular for quickly retrieving time-based on the frequency of the data and pages being sourced. A photo archiving business can render picture results faster for images that have been requested recently, while moving older and less accessed images to warm storage to keep the indexing as fast as possible, while simultaneously optimizing storage spending.

Testimonials

Our beta program has seen a wide variety of use cases. Here’s a small sample of feedback we’ve received.

“When a customer searches for infrastructure through the Oracle Cloud Console or an API call, we must return results immediately to maintain a consistent and expected user experience,” said a representative of the OCI RQS team. “We search millions of data points across the entirety of infrastructure deployed on OCI to provide instantaneous results. We have been vigorously testing OCI Search Service with OpenSearch since the beta program was launched, and it has cleared every hurdle. As we speak, we’re in the process of moving off Elasticsearch and onto OCI Search Service with OpenSearch.”

Getting started

To learn more about the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Search Service with OpenSearch and other services, visit the following resources:

Jim Battenberg

Senior Director, Product Management

Jim Battenberg joined Oracle in late 2016. He is a Senior Director, Product Management for the Data Management Services team at Oracle, where his focus spans product management, business operations and solution architecture.

Jim’s time in “the cloud” dates back to the mid/late 90’s when the shared hosting, dedicated hosting and ASP markets first began implementing the core concepts of virtualization. He developed and launched a suite of profitable hosting services from scratch and helped take Interliant (later purchased by Navisite) public.  

Prior to Oracle, Jim led the Platform Enablement team for the CenturyLink Cloud. Before that he led marketing, and created the first product marketing function for the Rackspace Cloud. He has also held senior product management and marketing leadership roles at enterprise hardware, software and hosting/cloud companies across startups and Fortune 500 firms. Jim holds a Finance degree and an MBA from the University of Houston.  

Finally, Jim loves yoga, poker and trap music, and claims to be able to combine all 3 – but you’ll have to ask him to see it!

Jordan Oliver

Principal Product Manager

Responsible for building out OpenSource storage related services on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.


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