Azure Blob Storage helps you create data lakes for your analytics needs and provides storage to build powerful cloud-native and mobile apps. Optimize costs with tiered storage for your long-term data, and flexibly scale up for high-performance computing and machine learning workloads.

Blob storage is built from the ground up to support the scale, security, and availability needs of mobile, web, and cloud-native application developers. Use it as a cornerstone for serverless architectures such as Azure Functions. Blob storage supports the most popular development frameworks, including Java, .NET, Python, and Node.js, and is the only cloud storage service that offers a premium, SSD-based object storage tier for low-latency and interactive scenarios.

The Azure Blob Storage connector makes it possible to surface content stored in Azure Blob Storage into a single consolidated search index, along with content from other repositories, so that search results can be surfaced as a single unified set with appropriate relevancy ranking and faceted navigation.  It only requires read access, and there is no need to install any software on Azure Blob Storage. This results in seamless and simultaneous access to all Azure Blob Storage content. Common and consistent metadata can be created across all sources using BA Insight’s Classification Software to provide enhanced findability and navigation.

Our Azure Blob Storage Connector:

  • Enforces document security based on access permissions in Azure Blob Storage

  • Supports both full and incremental crawls.

  • Indexes with very high throughput.

  • Information remains in Azure Blob Storage and the search index contains a pointer back to the source directory

Future-proof Your Investment

As new versions of Azure Cognitive Search, Elasticsearch, Amazon Elasticsearch, Amazon Kendra, Solr, Microsoft Search and SharePoint Search are released, new features and functionality are introduced.  BA Insight takes on the burden of keeping the connector up to date for all supported search engines. The upgrades are easy to do and can be done by your IT organization. It is simply a matter of accessing the BA Insight customer portal, downloading the latest release, and installing and configuring it. If desired, our professional services team can handle the upgrades.

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azure search Connectors for search indexing

The Azure Blob Storage Connector enables indexing of information stored in the highly scalable Azure Blob Storage service from Microsoft.