February seems to be the favored month for Search roadmap updates in Microsoft. On Feb 10, 2009 the Microsoft Unveils New Enterprise Search Road Map press release disclosed a detailed road map from Microsoft for its enterprise search products, including the introduction of FAST Search for SharePoint and FAST Search for Internet Business. Since then, FAST based search solutions are getting implemented in a lot of Microsoft customers; mainly for - powerful content processing with deep navigation, customisable relevance and visual best bets, advanced linguistics and its extreme scalability and performance.
Almost a year since that date, on Thursday, February 04 there was a Innovation on Linux and UNIX post on the Microsoft Enterprise Search Blog by Bjørn Olstad. A low key but significant update to our Enterprise Search roadmap. It has been reported widely in Tech websites and blogs (Microsoft to phase out its enterprise search offerings for Linux and Unix, Microsoft kills FAST's Linux and Unix search biz etc..)
Summarizing my understand of the updates for customers and partners implementing FAST based search solutions below:
1) Linux and Unix Support
The reason for this decision is explained by Bjørn Olstad - focusing on Windows will enable significantly more innovation to customers per release.
2) FAST AdMomentum
3) New SKUs
More SKUs provide more choices and flexibility (and complexity in some cases) to customers. I have tried to summarize them below :-)
Search solutions in Wave 2010: basically 2 kinds – one set powered by FAST and another that are powered by SharePoint.
a) Powered by FAST - Here's the complete list along with the abbreviations …
Check the Information on FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint post for what's new in FAST Search Server 2010.
b) Powered by SharePoint – this list remains the same. You can refer to my previous post – Search Technologies for SharePoint 2010 Products for more details.
SharePoint versions in Wave 2010: FS4SP use rights are available in the Enterprise editions. Choices available now are ..
4) Licensing Changes
If you are a customer having licenses for SharePoint 2007 and/or FAST ESP, you might have queries on the upgrade options and/or step up options available to Wave 2010 product SKUs. Please contact the Microsoft representative for your account.