Parametric Search Appliance

Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance

  • Available as a virtual machine.
  • Easy to customize interface, providing the desired application with less time and effort.
  • Unlimited collections allow for the creation of multiple independent search collections, each with their own data types, fields, attributes or parameters.
  • Search by geography or location
  • Large capacity with appliance models to handle 20,000 up to tens of millions of records in a single device.
  • SQL plus full-text keyword search combined with a user-selected "filter" on up to 50 data fields for advanced query capabilities. Search types include standard SQL comparisons (=, <, >, IN), Metamorph full-text search and geographic region searching.
  • Optimize "findability" by specifying how the appliance should sort and/or group the query results, which is done efficiently using Texis technology.
  • Data integration through the DataLoad API and a variety of connectors allow data to be populated from any source. In addition, the DB Walker can directly access existing databases, while the advanced extraction tools allow data to be extracted from web pages or files that already exist.
  • Full-text content can be provided in most formats, including PDF, office documents and many other file formats.
  • Supports a variety of security protocols, with users able to see results only for documents they are authorized to view.
  • A day of consulting is included to further ensure a successful information retrieval project.
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Features/Benefits

Flexibility, power and ease of use in an appliance

Flexibility, power and ease of use in an appliance

The Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance delivers the flexibility and power of our Texis search engine software platform—a fully integrated SQL relational database optimized for full-text search—with the ease of use of an appliance. It provides a simple way to create applications that combine full-text and structured data without programming for advanced query operations to optimize "findability.”

Taking Enterprise Search to a New Level

Taking Enterprise Search to a New Level

By enabling full text, keyword searches combined with a true parametric search on up to 50 data fields, our parametric search appliance builds on the proven strengths of the plug-and-play Thunderstone Search Appliance. The Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance is the most advanced all-in-one (hardware, software and support) parametric search solution in a plug-and-play environment, taking enterprise search to a new level.

Sort Results in the Most Relevant Way

Sort Results in the Most Relevant Way

Parametric search (also called attribute-enhanced search) helps users narrow down their field of search to increase the chances of finding relevant information. It provides context to results that are based on unstructured information, and it allows the administrator or user to sort results in the most meaningful way.

Easy to Install and Maintain

Easy to Install and Maintain

Because the Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance is an all-in-one hardware and software solution, it requires only limited resources to get it up and running and keep it operating at its peak. Thunderstone also includes a day of consulting as part of the total solution.

Powerful Enough Even for E-Commerce and Auction Applications

Powerful Enough Even for E-Commerce and Auction Applications

The appliance is based on the Texis platform, the same technology used to power search for eBay, QVC.com, Corbis.com, Alibris.com, LiveDeal, UBid and many of the Internet's most recognized e-Commerce and auction sites. The appliance provides the same level of quality, performance and scalability that these companies count on to power their search.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance.

The Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance is designed to be easily deployed and maintained, while providing the same level of capabilities typically found in costlier enterprise solutions. Because the search appliance is an all-in-one hardware and software solution, it doesn't take a small army of professional service providers to get it up and running or to keep it operating at peak. Thunderstone also includes a day of consulting as a part of the total solution, further ensuring the success of your information retrieval project.

The Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance builds on the proven strengths of both Thunderstone's Texis platform and the Thunderstone Search Appliance. It offers new, advanced, structured query capabilities derived from Texis, along with all the features and functionality of the plug-and-play Thunderstone Search Appliance.

It provides data integration three ways:

  • 1. An XML-based data load API can be used to "push" data to the Appliance's index.
  • 2. The Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance can use available Connectors for a variety of popular enterprise content sources (such as MS SharePoint, Lotus Notes, Documentum and many others) to assist with data extraction and population of the attribute-enhanced search index.
  • 3. Advanced data extraction functionality is included as part of the crawling and indexing utilities of the Appliance, allowing population of data attributes from anywhere in your content.

Once the index is built, users can take advantage of all the Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance's advanced search capabilities.

Parametric or attribute-enhanced search helps users narrow down their field of search in an attempt to increase the chances of finding relevant information, it provides context to results that are based on unstructured information, and it allows the administrator or user to sort results in the most meaningful way.

For example, you are searching for information on a particular subject but are only interested in results written by a specific author and published within a certain timeframe. The parameters (attributes) of "author" and "publish date" help narrow the search for the information you're interested in. Keyword, full-text search does not offer this opportunity.

Another example would be a search for a particular product item description across the entire enterprise. Keyword, full-text search will certainly provide a good list of results from a variety of documents and content sources. But, what if you were only interested in its occurrence within a specific document type (say, a PO) and one that was issued after a certain date and by a specific purchasing agent? Keyword, full-text search simply cannot provide this context for the information you're pursuing. The Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance can.

Yes, it is an ideal platform for both e-commerce and auction applications. Based on Thunderstone's Texis, the technology used to power search for eBay, QVC.com, Corbis.com, Alibris.com, LiveDeal, UBid and many of the Internet's most recognized e-Commerce and auction sites, the Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance provides the same level of quality, performance and scalability that these companies count on to power their search.

The Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance supports real-time updating of its index. This means that once an update to the index is performed (updating price, availability, time left to bid, etc.,) the information becomes immediately searchable. You do not have to wait for an index process to run in order for the new information to be available for search.

Yes, the Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance supports "sort by" and "group by" operations. You have the flexibility to decide how you want users to be able to sort and group results by virtually any combination of available attributes in the index. For example, you can display items by product, category and manufacturer and then by price (ascending or descending). Or, you can display auction items by product, price range and bids set to expire within a certain amount of time.

Yes, the Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance's geographic searching capabilities support "bounded box" searches of a geographical region. Special attribute types containing longitude/latitude information about a location (if populated) can be used as part of an SQL query to perform searches such as: "swimming pool repair within 10 miles of Columbus, Ohio" or "a sales position making at least $100,000 within 50 miles of my home."

Customer Testimonials

"You guys nailed it again in support... a huge help today with a tricky problem. Prompt responses, knowledgeable, and polite as could be."

David Pagini, Voya Investment Management

"We use a Thunderstone Search Appliance to search our company intranet. All the customization options are great. It has been a very valuable product to us. Overall, the product is very nice. And with all the customization options, we were able to make the search engine perform the way we wanted it to. Great job on delivering a great product."

Jeremy Townsend, Programmer/Internet Analyst Perdue Farms Inc.

"We are very pleased that the appliance software updates are quick and convenient."

Britt Bullock, Web Developer Arvest Bank

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Free Search Trial

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Protect Your Investment

Protect Your Investment

All Thunderstone search solutions come with a perpetual license software, the ability to easily scale and penalty-free upgrades.