Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, has announced FAST InStream, an OEM enterprise search solution developed specifically for independent software vendors (ISVs). Based upon FAST's Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP), FAST InStream is designed to extend the power of FAST ESP within OEM environments. Supporting both structured and unstructured data, FAST InStream was developed to provide value across software applications, including: enterprise portals, content and document management systems, customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, business intelligence (BI) suites and applications, and storage and archiving solutions.
The scalability and performance of the product is intended to provide ISVs the ability to handle tens of millions of documents (or data records) and hundreds of queries per second per commodity server. Furthermore, FAST InStream provides information retrieval and on-the-fly analytics - both statistical and linguistic - for search querying, as well as for specialized search and alerting functionalities. FAST InStream has been architected expressly to meet both the technical and business requirements of ISVs. FAST has taken into consideration the needs of the different users that interact with OEM solutions - product managers, sales, developers, and the ISV's end-users - and has fine-tuned FAST InStream to provide user-specific benefits including accelerated time-to-market, integration and migration tools, incremental revenue opportunities for sales, competitive differentiation, ease of use for developers and end-users, improved end-user TCO, and lower development costs.