Consider the Alternatives to GSA Migration
Search Is Not at a Crossroads
Google’s recent announcement that it would discontinue support for the Google Search Appliance (GSA), in favor of a cloud-based implementation for its Google Search for Work offering seems to suggest a dilemma for enterprise architects. But the dilemma is false and enterprise application developers don’t have to make a choice between a migration to the cloud or a future spent managing open source solutions (OSS) ...
If you’re looking for a GSA migration alternative, there’s a better plan.
The simplicity and basic functionality of the GSA were strong selling points when it was introduced. Though it never achieved the dominance in large, enterprise-wide search deployments, it was a welcome way to provide basic document search for the traditional SMB market. Google’s decision to abandon the cheerful yellow ‘Google’ box for cloud-based delivery is all about competing with a rejuvenated Microsoft in the market for cloud-resident office productivity suites. You needn't join that battle.
Unaccustomed to paying a premium for more agile, scalable solutions, many GSA customers now perceive their only alternative to cloud-migration is to embrace low/no-cost open source search to maintain search services. Good news! There’s an affordable option – one which costs less than the resources you’d need to hire to support an OSS – an option that keeps your information and the search solutions you develop behind your firewall – where you wanted them in the first place – on a modern, extensible software platform.
A Proven Alternative for GSA Migration
Large organizations that adopted GSA eventually learned of its enterprise-scaling challenges – and it’s shortcomings when it comes to systematically enriching the content it catalogs for search. Cisco Systems replaced the GSA, a technology that once drove multiple mission-critical applications, with Attivio.
In less than four months, it’s application developers had a more agile, scalable, and powerful platform … one they now call a platform form innovation. The case study accompanying this post spells out the challenges and how Attivio met them all – providing Cisco with an upgrade, not just a migration. Before you choose between the two alternatives – check out the ‘third way’.