ARCHIVED: What is the Microsoft SharePoint FAST Search service?
The Microsoft FAST Search service (FAST) is a software-based search indexing solution that Microsoft licenses for creating custom indexes of electronic data, including web pages, PDF files, and Office documents.
FAST provides a number of improvements, including the ability to leverage Indiana University's SharePoint service, no limits to the number of document URLs that can be indexed, more control for site managers over appearance and result relevancy, and more control for end users over advanced search options.
FAST also separates the processes of crawling documents and serving search results, providing improved redundancy of both. Also, performance of each process is greatly improved compared to previous search solutions. Site managers can expect more control over search keywords and relevancy, as well as improved document crawling performance. End users can expect more advanced search options, as well as improved performance and relevancy in the delivery of their search results.
If you have questions or comments, email the IU Search team.
Last modified on December 03, 2012.