Why Companies Use OpenSearch

Top 10 Reasons Companies Use OpenSearch

Updated August 2023

In this post we review the top 10 reasons why companies choose Opensearch. 

In brief, companies are choosing OpenSearch because it is:  cost-effective, scalable, customizable, has community support, has comprehensive security plug-ins, real-time analytics, easy to integrate, fast performance, based on open standards, and is future-proof.

For those new to OpenSearch, it is an open source search and analytics engine that enables companies to index and search large volumes of data quickly and efficiently.

#1 OpenSearch is Customizable

OpenSearch is free and open source, meaning that companies can save money by avoiding the costs associated with proprietary search and analytics tools. 

For example, a company can use OpenSearch to analyze customer feedback data without having to pay for a proprietary analytics tool like Tableau.

#2 OpenSearch is Scalable

OpenSearch is designed to scale horizontally, which means that companies can add more nodes to their cluster to handle increasing data volumes. 

If a company experiences a surge in data volume, then they can add more nodes to their OpenSearch cluster to ensure that their search and analytics capabilities remain fast and efficient.

OpenSearch can be scaled horizontally because it is a NoSQL database.  Horizontal scaling is also referred to as a scale-out architecture.  This is opposed to SQL databases that only support vertical scaling. Vertical scaling requires the use of larger computers to meet increased volume.

#3 OpenSearch is Customizable

OpenSearch is highly customizable, allowing companies to tailor their search and analytics capabilities to meet their specific needs. 

Companies can use OpenSearch to index and search text, numeric, vector, and geo-spatial data. Companies can also customize the relevance ranking of search results to match their business requirements.

#4 OpenSearch has Community Support

OpenSearch has a large and active community of developers who contribute to the project, provide support, and help identify and fix bugs.

Check out the OpenSearch Forum for announcements, feedback, discussions, community meetings, and more.

In addition, there are companies such as Dattell that offer OpenSearch support and managed services

Learn about Dattell’s approach to enterprise OpenSearch that guarantees our clients’ implementations are highly reliable and secure.

#5 OpenSearch has Comprehensive Security

OpenSearch includes security features like SSL/TLS encryption, role-based access control, and audit logging, which can help companies keep their data secure. 

For example, a financial services company can use OpenSearch to search and analyze transaction data while ensuring that only authorized users can access the data.

We go into greater depth on OpenSearch security plugins in our post OpenSearch vs Elasticsearch.

#6 OpenSearch has Real-Time Analytics

OpenSearch supports real-time analytics. This means that companies can get insights into their data as it changes. 

For instance, a company can use OpenSearch to monitor social media feeds in real-time and identify trends and sentiment.

#7 OpenSearch is Easy to Integrate

OpenSearch is designed to integrate with other open source tools like Logstash, OpenSearch Dashboards, and Beats. This ability for integration provides companies with a complete end-to-end solution for managing their data. 

A common use case for OpenSearch is to index and search log data generated by web applications and then use OpenSearch Dashboards to visualize and analyze the data.

OpenSearch also integrates with automation tools like Ansible.  Ansible can be used to automate OpenSearch implementations, maintenance, and workflows.  Learn more about how to automate OpenSearch workflows with Ansible.

#8 OpenSearch has Fast Search and Analytics

OpenSearch is optimized for fast search and analytics, enabling companies to get insights into their data quickly. 

For example, a company can use OpenSearch to analyze sales data to identify trends and opportunities in real-time.

#9 OpenSearch is Based on Open Standards

OpenSearch is based on open standards, which means that companies can avoid vendor lock-in and ensure that their data is accessible and portable. 

Companies can use OpenSearch to index and search data from multiple sources.  This makes it easy to switch between different data sources without having to change search and analytics infrastructure.

#10 OpenSearch is Future Proof

OpenSearch is a community-driven project that is constantly evolving and improving. By using OpenSearch, companies can future-proof their search and analytics capabilities, ensuring that they stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field. 

Companies can use OpenSearch to stay ahead of the curve in their industry by leveraging cutting-edge search and analytics technologies.

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