World Software has announced that the long-awaited Indexer as a Service (IaaS) offering is now ready and is going to be packaged into the latest Worldox GX4 update, WDU10. While we will explain below more about the benefits of running your Indexer program as a service, we must first caution you from updating your site without proper guidance and planning beforehand. The indexer as a service will automatically install after the update and start running in a semi complete state, while it waits for further configuration. If the Indexer is not configured properly, after the update, the text and profile databases along with any other scheduled jobs will cease to update or run. It is for this reason that we want to caution you from updating Worldox without understanding how to configure the new software first.
Let's look at what this new offering will mean to you. With IaaS, you can run the indexing program without your designated indexer/workstation being logged on. This means enhanced security, as you will no longer require a logged in user to be running at all times.
There is now a central console, that will allow for the monitoring and control of all indexer machines and indexing processes from any machine on your network. This means a centralized master schedule for all indexers can be maintained from a single location. There are also changes to how the log files are created, as there will no longer be a large single log file but a separate log file for each event that is run. You will also be able to configure notifications based on these events with customized subject lines to help you identify the incoming status report.
As you can see, there are many advantages to this new Indexer as a service program. This is an update that should be taken advantage of however, you will want to exercise caution before attempting to update to the latest release on your own.