Monday, April 12, 2010

SharePoint 2010 Server Search Vs. FAST Search Server 2010

I've been working with some of the members of our internal SharePoint 2010 team to try and determine if there's any benefit to rolling out FAST search in our new SharePoint 2010 environment. We're currently using WSS 3 and SharePoint Portal 2003 so our current search isn't great, but after a little investigation, I don't think we really have a driver to roll out FAST search. The new functionality found in basic SharePoint 2010 Search looks like it will meet our needs for now.

If you're curious to know what feeatures FAST adds to the basic out of the box SharePoint 2010 install, have a look at the following table (click on it to enlarge the image):

You can also find a lot more detail on both versions of search in their respective evaluation guides:



Finally, there's an additional cost per server to install FAST, although I'm not entirely sure what it is? If anyone has more info, I'd love to hear from you.

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