View From Exalead: CloudView OEM 5.0 Emphasizes Scalability and Manageability

Article ImageThe French search company Exalead has long maintained a reputation for the scalability of its OEM solutions. With the Jan. 26 release of the 5.0 version of its CloudView OEM Edition, the company has once again aimed to make strides in this area in order to enable organizations large and small to manage their information more effectively.

"We have one of the most scalable products in this space," says Paul Doscher, CEO of Exalead North America. Doscher joined the company last year after having most recently served as CEO of Jaspersoft. He has previously held executive positions at VMware and Oracle.

Doscher describes Exalead’s efforts to improve performance and scalability in the latest edition of CloudView as focusing on resource allocation. "What we did with the 5.0 product is break up the application into modules," he says. "Now you have [the] ability to put hardware assets behind the part of [the] product that is most critical to performance at any given time."

Exalead has developed its own storage layer tailored for its specific needs to optimize the usage of the physical memory and disk throughput. All the software components involved in the indexing chain (connectors, natural language processing modules, etc.) and in the query processing chain (dictionaries, Boolean query engine, HTML formatting, etc.) have been developed by Exalead with the goal of multibillion-page scalability in mind.

Exalead boasts the ability to store 500 terabytes of data in one data center and more than 100 million documents on a single server. CloudView OEM 5.0 is capable of indexing 30 million database objects in 10 hours and 60 gigabytes of mail data in a single hour.
CloudView OEM 5.0 also seeks to address the issue of corralling data that is scattered throughout the enterprise in various states of organization, be it structured, semistructured, or unstructured. Exalead’s indexing technology blends together diverse fields such as databases, search engine technology, and natural language processing to make sense of the diverse data in an enterprise. The system is natively able to handle more than 300 different data sources and file types. Exalead CloudView’s indexing engine can process user queries, perform transactional updates in its structured database, and, at the same time, perform a full-text indexing of textual data.

A final focus for the 5.0 version of CloudView is its ability to be embedded, which is a priority for OEM information access solutions. Exalead CloudView OEM Edition 5.0 can be completely rebranded down to the running processes. The product’s architecture and standards-based interfaces ensure that it can be easily integrated into a solution with a small incremental footprint.

"In sum, what this latest version of the product does is allow our customers to have better access to a broader spectrum of info than they have had before," says Doscher. "This product now becomes our engine for the next number of years. We think that it’s an indication of our technology leadership. And it represents what our customers are telling us that they need. We feel very strongly that this product will meet all of those needs."