By Tanu Sood-Oracle on Oct 01, 2015
Guest post by Scott Smith, Redstone Content Solutions
I had the opportunity, about eight years ago, to transition into a role where I was administering Oracle WebCenter Content installations. I learned a lot over the next several years about Oracle, and their partner community.
When I first became our company’s Oracle WebCenter Content Administrator, we had four production servers (clustered into two – two server domains) running WebCenter Content 10g. As of one year ago – there are ten servers (clustered into five – two server domains) running WebCenter Content 11g.
the number of content items from just over 320,000 to more than 7,000,000 and Oracle WebCenter allowed us to scale easily. Oracle and an Oracle partner helped us through the growth transition.
This growth resulted in some challenges to ensure that the system was always running at its peak capability. As the system expanded to accommodate new functionality and metadata requirements, the need to rebuild the Oracle WebCenter Content index became a daunting task. With regular index rebuilds, the search speeds were acceptable, but not always optimal. We never considered an alternate platform since we knew that we were running the most robust and easily configurable system on the market. We had to learn to manage the expectations for how often we could rebuild the index and what could be expected in terms of search speed from complex searches.
As my career has transitioned and progressed, today I find myself “on the other side” of the fence. I have indeed joined the world of consulting with the very Oracle partner I had come to rely on in my "previous" life.
I now find myself in the position of being envious of those system administrators we serve today. The current release of Distributed Index (DI), from Redstone Content Solutions, has eliminated the need to manage expectations related to index rebuild and search times. Distributed Index integrates with Oracle WebCenter Content (it has been designated by Oracle as an Oracle Validated Integration). DI is an integration that allows an Oracle WebCenter Content Administrator to define and build multiple indexes against their content repository. These indexes can be distributed across hardware that is independent from the current Oracle WebCenter Content architecture. This further reduces search times and index rebuild times.
Some of the features and benefits include:
- Faceted search
- Ability to set-up multiple/individual indices based on profiles (See Image)
- Horizontal and vertical scalability
- Multi-threaded rebuild
- Add and search content during a rebuild
- Create and build an index without restarting the content server
- Robust administrative page for maintenance of indices
- Provides real-time feedback on status of an index and ETA on rebuild completion (See Image)
Do not forget to utilize those partners who have experience and can help guide you with proven services and solutions that can smooth out those little bumps on the road to success.
To learn more about Redstone Content Solutions and Distributed Index, please follow the links below, or join us at Oracle OpenWorld 15 where we will be co-hosting this year’s Oracle WebCenter Appreciation Event.
For more details on the event and how to register, please see here.
You can also leverage the following resources to dig deeper into the combined solution:
About the author:
Scott Smith is a WebCenter Consultant with Redstone Content Solutions. Scott has held a number of positions over his 30+ year career. Most recently, before joining Redstone, he spent 10 years with School Specialty Inc., where he was a Project Manager, Business Analyst, ETL Specialist, and Content Engineer.