Fast Search & Transfer's FAST Data Search has been selected to power the search services of the SURFnet network. SURFnet is used on a daily basis by approximately 500,000 people and connects more than 150 higher education and research institutions in the Netherlands, including universities, polytechnics, research centers, scientific libraries, and academic hospitals.
By migrating from its current use of AltaVista's enterprise search technology to the FAST enterprise search platform, SURFnet expects to be able to index over five million structured and unstructured objects on one system, take advantage of FAST's linguistics, and provide its SURFnet users with faster and more relevant information. The single-platform approach of FAST Data Search is providing customers and partners with scalable search solutions that address their needs and allow them to migrate from smaller installations to enterprise-wide deployments, as required, without changing software platform.
The FAST Data Search suite of enterprise search solutions is designed to offer a combination of real-time search technology, business search management tools, and information analysis capabilities. FAST Data Search enables companies and organizations to develop information transparency and utilization across organizational units and geographical areas. The FAST Data Search product suite supplies an information retrieval solution designed for vertical markets including Financial Services; Government; Media and Publishing; Life Sciences; and Ecommerce applications.