Searching with Elasticsearch on Windows Azure Linux VM + Overview of AzureWatch

Join us for two talks - 1. AzureWatch Overview @ 6:30 followed by 2. Searching with elasticsearch on Windows Azure @ 7:00 - both on Feb 20, 2014 Boston Azure Meeting at NERD.


6:00-6:25 - Gather, have some pizza, grab a cold drink, socialize

6:25-6:30 - Call to order, grab a seat

6:30-7:00 - AzureWatch talk (details below)

7:00-8:15 - elasticsearch talk (details below)

8:15-8:30 - Giveaways, announcements

8:30-?:00 - Possibly grab a cold beverage nearby

DETAILS ON elasticsearch TALK

Search is a perennial challenge in many applications, including those running on the cloud. Making news recently was elasticsearch when Wikipedia selected it as their new search engine, replacing their aging in-house Lucene wrapper. They also considered going with Solr, but elasticsearch came out on top, as explained in this a recent blog post.

Join us for a talk by Chris Morley as he gives an overview of elasticsearch on a Linux back-end running on a Linux VM in Windows Azure. In this talk, Chris will explain elasticsearch while demoing functionality through 2 different front-ends: a Windows 8 Store app (Xaml / Windows Store), and a more traditional web app using Windows Azure Web Sites with jQuery.


AzureWatch is one of the earliest available commercial services targeted at the Windows Azure platform. AzureWatch provides a range of management and monitoring features as a commercial service. In our opening talk, Igor Papirov (@ipapirov), founder of Paraleap Technologies (@paraleap), architect of AzureWatch, and an Azure Insider will demo the product and answer your questions.

[Note: NERD has a policy requiring that community visitors sign a waiver as they enter the facility. This is part of the sign-in sheet at the security desk when entering. The text of this can be found here:]

1/21/2014 - 6:00pm-8:30pm - Thomas Paul room, set theater for 40 people.

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  • chris AT d.

    I just updated Let me know if you have any questions.

    February 21, 2014

  • Bill W.

    Nice job Chris in surveying a rich, complex topic - and showing it in action.

    February 21, 2014

  • chris AT d.

    The error creating a VM was due to me having run out of cores to use in that particular subscription.
    Unrelated: Bill asked a good question how you would normally scale ES back down from a surge in demand if you can never drop the number of shards. The answer is that you can never drop the number of primary shards. You can scale up the number of total shards, but you just have a bunch of replica shards. Replica shards can then be safely discarded when spikes in demand subside. ES manages shard management automatically for you. You don't have to think about where individual primary and replica shards are. One of its main responsibilities is to do just that.

    February 21, 2014

  • chris AT d.

    Thanks everyone for coming tonight and listening to my talk on elasticsearch. Please watch this space: In the coming days, weeks and/or months, I will post updates and refinements to my slides, links, assets, scripts, resources for your feedback. Please feel free to proofread or comment, etc. Email me at [masked] or follow me on twitter - @depahelix.

    February 20, 2014

  • Tom J.

    Yes, I have experience with that technology you have questions about. I work in scientific computing, security, and finance.

    February 20, 2014

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