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Microsoft Phasing Out FAST Search For Linux, Unix 146

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viralMeme writes "Microsoft plans to begin phasing out Unix and Linux platform support for its FAST enterprise search products, as of its next release. According to a Thursday blog post from Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Bjørn Olstad, 'We’ve continued to sell, support, and update the Linux and UNIX versions of FAST ESP, and we’ve designed the next wave of FAST products (scheduled for release in the first half of calendar year 2010) to include a cross-platform search core that has been extended to take advantage of web services and support mixed-platform deployment models. With our 2010 products scheduled for release in a few months, we’ve just started to plan for our next wave of products. As a part of that planning process, we have decided that in order to deliver more innovation per release in the future, the 2010 products will be the last to include a search core that runs on Linux and UNIX. Many of our customers run FAST ESP on Linux and UNIX today, and we recognize that our future focus on Windows means change. To ease the transition, we’re investing in interoperability between Windows and other operating systems, reaffirming our commitment to 10 years of support for our non-Windows products, and taking concrete steps to help customers plan for the future.'"
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Microsoft Phasing Out FAST Search For Linux, Unix

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  • It is a tiny market. (Score:5, Informative)

    by 140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @12:23PM (#31073252) Journal
    The total *revenue* last year in enterprise search is just 1.1 billion dollars, according to Gartner, according to the article. It is going to touch 2 billion may be in 2013, again according the article. Considering that Microsoft gets 6.5 billion dollars *profit* per quarter, this is chump change. Further, Google is synonymous with search. It sells the Google Server in a Box, that does mail, calender, shared docs all behind the firewall of the client, unreachable by either the pings from the internet, or by subpoena. If this market segment grows, it is going to be growing the way Google wants it.
  • by Robert Zenz (1680268) on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @12:23PM (#31073254) Homepage
    It must be metric, the imperial innovations are called "Software Patents".
  • Re:WTF is FAST? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @12:30PM (#31073366)

    It isn't an acronym, it is a product name.

    FAST Search. Microsoft bought them last year. Microsoft tried to get their Enterprise Search to work and failed multiple times and finally gave up and bought FAST since FAST kept taking their business.

  • by andersh (229403) on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @12:44PM (#31073668)

    Actually the full name of the company is Fast Search And Transfer (FAST). []

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @12:47PM (#31073688)
    I can't speak for the commercial side of FAST ESP, but I've worked with it in the public sector where it's used in some big projects for the NHS here in the UK (but running on Windows platforms as the government is in bed with MS and the NHS is so intertwined with the company now there's little other choice). I didn't develop for it directly, just some interface stuff, but the general consensus was that it's needlessly overcomplicated in order to sell consultancy services, and needlessly wasteful of resources in order to sell hardware.
  • by liquiddark (719647) on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @12:50PM (#31073738)
    Nobody's buying Google products in the enterprise search sector. Endeca, FAST, Lucene, yes. Google? Not likely, unless you count Google Desktop Search. Google doesn't even pitch enterprise search right now. They're focused on a much less fickle set of markets. If you've never experienced a pitch by an enterprise search vendor, you don't know what you're talking about. These guys do things that appear to literally be magical in nature, organizing millions of highly custom data points into a coherent data set and slapping a slick UI over top in a matter of weeks.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @01:05PM (#31074016)

    You have no idea what you are talking about. Gardner has consistently rated FAST as either the #1 or #2 search engine technology. And under the hood, FAST was very open-source friendly -- most of the building blocks to make it came from open source projects. It was a VERY Linux friendly product. But when they sold out to Microsoft the writing was on the wall.

  • by JAlexoi (1085785) on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @01:47PM (#31074654) Homepage
    There is this little thing, called Apache Solr.
  • Re:Uh, yeah... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Froboz23 (690392) on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @03:22PM (#31076356)
    To better understand Microsoft's commitment to supporting non-Windows products, a more exhaustive analysis of the word "commit" is required. Here's what Merriam-Webster has to say about the definition of commit:

    transitive verb 1 a : to put into charge or trust : entrust b : to place in a prison or mental institution c : to consign or record for preservation <commit it to memory> d : to put into a place for disposal or safekeeping e : to refer (as a legislative bill) to a committee for consideration and report

    It appears they're focusing on definitions "b" and "d."
  • by Talsan (515546) on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @05:13PM (#31077992) Homepage

    "FAST on Linux is fucking awesome" I'll have to share that with the rest of the support team.

    Speaking purely as an individual, I wish Microsoft wouldn't have gone this way, although obviously it doesn't surprise me. On the bright side - for your organization at least - you've got another 8 years where we'll be supporting ESP 5.3, so you have a few years before you have to worry about finding another solution, or deciding that maybe running a few Windows servers wouldn't be too bad. Just saying. :)

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