The recent announcement of Digital Reef and Microsoft FAST is an important one. At first glance it might be a bit confusing since both companies provide search capabilities. Digital Reef does provide a search engine and additionally they offer capabilities that make their search smarter than other solutions and they also have features that live above the search stack.
As a result Digital Reef can be a totally turn-key solution and also work with other third party search and indexing engines in order to protect the investment that customers have already made. If an organization has already indexed tons and tons of content – then why go through the process again? In addition to their own indexing capability, Digital Reef also will leverage existing popular indexes – in this case the FAST index – and bring the Digital Reef federation, performance, scalability, archiving and similarity engine to Microsoft FAST and SharePoint customers.
Digital Reef is a search and indexing solution but it is much more – if it wasn’t then why bother building a new company? Digital Reef is Enterprise-class search and an information application with the goal of providing relevant data to its users – rapidly and efficiently.