Don’t Panic. But it’s time to plan your Google Search Appliance Migration.
Avoid the quickly approaching cliff. Assess the current GSA deployment and explore the best migration options for you.
So Long Google Search Appliance (GSA)
Google announced the winding down of the Google Search Appliance (GSA) earlier in February this year. The Google introduced the GSA in 2002, and it was the first product for enterprises created by Google. For more than a decade, it has been simplifying enterprise search. If you’re interested in this technology, this 2016 will be your last chance to buy a GSA. Starting next year you will only be able to get one-year extensions, but no new sales. Finally, in 2018, all GSA appliances will start to shut off as license terms expire.
So in case you’re wondering, the question is, what’s next for me? Of course, there are a few alternatives in the market, including open source options, search appliances or cloud solutions. These are all excellent starting points, but if you’ve done your research you’re probably aware that they can be pricey alternatives or hard to implement.
You’re not alone, just like you, there are thousands of people looking for a replacement with the same features and benefits you once found in the GSA, and most importantly, features that you are not willing to give up easily. Finding a suitable replacement doesn’t have to become a complicated search process. We came up with a few simple steps for you to keep in mind and plan your next move.
GSA Migration – What is Next?
We’d like to help you in planning your transition from the GSA. Consider your first GSA purchase. Let’s pause for a minute and think about all the benefits and great features you once saw in the Google Search Appliance, and still enjoy. Planning is the first step to start your transition. Doing an assessment will allow you to answer a crucial question, what did you aim to accomplish by implementing the GSA a few years or months ago?
Then, ask yourself, did the GSA achieve my long term goals? Determine how successful was this implementation in the first place and how close you got to your original aim. Also, review how these goals might have changed. Identify your functional gaps when planning your migration so that you can choose a replacement wisely.
Next step is determining what are your future needs based on the previous assessment. Determine how your needs and wants have changed. Evaluate your options against your new expectations for an enterprise search appliance or platform. Before you ask yourself: “What options?” We have set different scenarios for you to consider:
Option 1: Google Springboard – Google’s future cloud-based solution
Google has officially released its next cloud-based search solution. Most companies think about this as their one and only choice. What most people aren’t aware of is that it’s been officially released only to search across all of your content in Google Apps (Gmail, Google Sites, and Google Drive). Today, it is not anywhere near close to what the GSA is. This option doesn’t have any reach into any system that’s not in the Google Apps ecosystem.
If you’re comfortable with the cloud, you can apply for the early access program. Right now, we’ve been talking on a theoretical level with the product teams at Google. How does it work? MC+A will assist you in migrating you to the new platform, and maintain a relationship as such. Keep in mind that his is an option that will be in development for the next years.
Option 2: Explore Different Tools
The first question to ask yourself is: to the cloud or not? Our recommendations as for cloud alternatives are Coveo Search, Amazon CloudSearch, Elastic Cloud. Coveo is our strongest recommendation. It integrates well with Salesforce and Sitecore. Coveo is a good option if you’re looking for deep analytics and robust cognitive search package out of the box. On the other hand, with Amazon CloudSearch and Elastic Cloud you won’t have to worry about managing the infrastructure.
Our original recommendation is to go with an open source stack solution. Our On-Premise recommendations are Elastic, Solr, Lucidworks Fusion. Elastic and Solr require more infrastructure but are proven platforms and work excellently with structured content. Our primary recommendation would be Lucidworks since it’s tunable with others systems and ready to run.
When reviewing your transition alternatives, take a look at the content sources you need to add or you left out of the first GSA deployment. Explore the limitations to each platform. The good thing is all these alternatives are proven commercial platforms. We’ll combine our deep expertise in enterprise search with any platform you decide to go forward.
Get Customized Solutions
Still, have any questions? Consult us about your migration options before your time with the GSA runs out. Don’t just replace your GSA, get the right technology, deployed by our award-winning experts, customized for you.
Interested in taking your next step? Access our Assessment Guide to learn how to plan for your GSA migration.