Oslo, Norway (ots/PRNewswire) -
- Enhanced Version of FAST InStream Offers ISVs Increased
Performance, Simple Integration Capabilities and Broadened Feature
Fast Search & Transfer(TM) (FAST(TM)), (OSE: FAST, OTC: FASRF) the
leading developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting
technologies, today announced the general availability of FAST
InStream(TM) Version 4.2. FAST InStream is an OEM-specific
enterprise search solution developed specifically to meet the
complex application-based search requirements of independent
software vendors (ISVs). Significant enhancements have been made to
FAST InStream including comprehensive Web Services support, data
management for hosted solutions to enhance and enable multi-tenant
and ASP models, and further improvement of its industry-leading
Application-based search is quickly becoming a must-have for most
major technology segments. In many cases, applications are being
built around enterprise search infrastructure - a reversal from
search being viewed as a module or component. With the increasingly
complex requirements of its partners in mind, FAST builds on its
reputation for innovation with the release of version 4.2 of FAST
InStream. A recent Delphi Group report summarizes the need for
improved embedded search:
"With the level of customer expectations about the quality of
application-delivered search tools rising dramatically, developers of
application software cannot avoid confronting the business choices
presented by the need to maintain quality and innovation in the
search facilities they provide."
- Delphi Group Business Viewpoint, "New Focus on
Application-delivered Search: Strategies for Effective Solutions in a
Changing Market", May 2005.
An effective OEM search offering must encapsulate a combination of
innovative technology and the business infrastructure needed to
build, deploy, and support solutions. These solutions must provide
highly relevant results and support various language and document
types. They must also offer search and navigation capabilities,
entity extraction and information (data/text) mining, and scale to
meet the demands of large end-users. Ultimately, these solutions must
meet high-end performance requirements along three axes - document
processing, query processing and query response time, while providing
consistency within deployability, maintainability, and security
standards. To support its OEM partners, FAST also offers dedicated
engagement services, including a rapid integration team, OEM-specific
Search Best Practices consulting, product training through FAST
University and dedicated OEM sales and marketing teams.
"As we continue to innovate our OEM offerings, FAST is focused on
improving information access for existing application patterns and
creating a basis for new revenue streams based on contextual analysis
across structured and unstructured content repositories," said Bj0rn
Olstad, chief technology officer at FAST. "Our focus on and passion
for enterprise search allows us to consistently push the limits of
information access and retrieval. Our OEM solution is among our most
sophisticated and robust products due to the broad functionality
requirements of partners ranging from start-ups to multi-billion
dollar ISVs and due to the intensive testing that must be performed
to make this a market-ready solution."
New FAST InStream features include:
- FAST Web Service - the FAST Web Service is offered in two
versions, Java and ASP.NET, allowing for easy integration with both
J2EE- and Microsoft-oriented application server containers. The FAST
Web Service is a powerful tool for integrators who seek to use FAST
InStream to provide a remote search service to the widest range of
- Enhanced data management for hosted solutions to enhance and
enable multi-tenant and ASP models. This feature also delivers cost
savings by enabling more differentiated back-up schemes.
- Performance improvement up to 40% on document processing.
- Enhanced data mining using FAST Scope Search(TM) and inclusion
of entity extraction technology. These capabilities leverage FAST's
extensive knowledge and use of schema-independent XML for rich
analysis of documents.
- Migration toolkit - simple migration from prior versions of
FAST's OEM solution.
- Greater language support - full-text search support, including
language detection, tokenization, and support for all major character
encodings for 77 languages; advanced linguistics for 25 languages.
- Expanded platform support - added support for Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 4.0 and Solaris 10 for SPARC, further expanding the industry's
broadest array of supported platforms.
- Enhanced SDK - includes full documentation on new features,
additional deployment and configuration options, additional software
code examples, and a rich set of APIs for Java, .NET and C++.
- Broadened document format support - over 370 document file
formats are now supported by FAST InStream.
"Application-based enterprise search technology is critical to the
ongoing success of Siebel's product strategy. In FAST, we have found
the right partner for that technology," commented Skip Bacon, Vice
President of Technology at Siebel Systems. "FAST's sophisticated
platform and rapid innovation continue to impress our team; these
critical aspects are particularly well illustrated by the broad
platform support and Web Services integration capabilities that FAST
FAST InStream is designed to increase the value of enterprise
applications and boost ROI for the partner's customers by leveraging
the power of FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP(TM))
technology. Supporting both structured and unstructured data, FAST
InStream provides unique value across all types of software
applications, including enterprise portals and intranet sites,
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems, Customer Relationship
Management (CRM) solutions, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
solutions, Business Intelligence (BI) suites and applications, as
well as storage and archiving solutions.
The open and modular architecture of FAST InStream provides
partners the utmost flexibility when deploying embedded search
technology - from specialized search applications to complete
multilingual enterprise search functionality supporting 77 languages.
FAST's innovative OEM search solution enables new functionality
within their solutions by leveraging the power and flexibility of the
FAST InStream architecture. Further, partners that deploy FAST
InStream as an embedded component of their solutions can deliver
immediate benefits to their customers through improved application
search and contextual navigation functionality, or by adding search
as an entirely new component of their solution and breaking new
ground in their market.
FAST has transformed enterprise search from a powerful, yet
narrowly perceived function, into an enterprise-wide strategic and
tactical capability of pivotal importance. FAST ESP, FAST InStream
and FAST's portfolio of solutions and Search Derivative Applications
(SDAs) supply a complete information retrieval solution ideal for a
growing number of key vertical markets and applications including
e-Commerce and Internet Portals, Financial Services, Government, Life
Sciences, Media and Publishing, and Telecom. For FAST, the search
FAST creates the real-time search and filter technology solutions
that are behind the scenes at the world's best known companies with
the most demanding search problems. FAST's flexible and scalable
integrated technology platform elevates the search capabilities of
enterprise customers and connects people to the relevant information
they seek regardless of medium. This drives revenues and reduces
total cost of ownership by effectively leveraging IT infrastructure.
FAST's powerful enterprise search technology solutions are used by
more than 2,000 global customers and partners, including America
Online (AOL), AT&T, Cardinal Health, CareerBuilder.com, Chordiant,
CIGNA, CNET, Dell, Factiva, Fidelity Investments, Findexa, IBM,
Knight Ridder, LexisNexis, Overture, Rakuten, Reed Elsevier, Reuters,
Sensis, Stellent, Tenet Healthcare, Thomas Industrial Networks,
T-Online, US Army, Virgilio (Telecom Italia), Vodafone, and Wanadoo.
FAST is headquartered in Norway and is publicly traded under the
ticker symbol 'FAST' on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The FAST Group
operates globally with presence in Europe, the United States, Asia
Pacific, Australia, South America, and the Middle East. For further
information about FAST, please visit www.fastsearch.com.
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InStream, FAST ImPulse, FAST mSearch, FAST ProPublish and the FAST
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