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  • "This product is open-source and can be used free of charge."
  • "We are using the open-sourced version."
  • "The basic license is free, but it comes with a lot of features that aren't free. With a gold license, we get active directory integration. With a platinum license, we get alerting."
  • "The pricing model is questionable and needs to be addressed because when you would like to have the security they charge per machine."
  • "We are using the Community Edition because Elasticsearch's licensing model is not flexible or suitable for us. They ask for an annual subscription. We also got the development consultancy from Elasticsearch for 60 days or something like that, but they were just trying to do the same trick. That's why we didn't purchase it. We are just using the Community Edition."
  • "We are using the free open-sourced version of this solution."
  • "The price could be better."
  • "Although the ELK Elasticsearch software is open-source, we buy the hardware."
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    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Elastic Enterprise Search is the Discovery option for the visualization of logs on a GPU instead of on the server.
    Top Answer:The version of Elastic Enterprise Search I am using is open source which is free. The pricing model should improve for the enterprise version because it is very expensive.
    Top Answer:Elastic Enterprise Search could improve its SSL integration easier. We should not need to go to the back-end servers to do configuration, we should be able to do it on the GUI.
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    Algolia helps businesses across industries quickly create relevant, scalable, and lightning fast search and discovery experiences. Algolia’s mission is to make every search interaction meaningful and rewarding. Our hosted platform reduces the complexity of building relevant digital experiences. More than 7,500 companies like WW, Lacoste, Twitch, Medium and Stripe rely on Algolia’s enterprise-grade APIs to manage over 60 billion search queries a month.

    Founded in 2012, Algolia is backed by $74M in funding from Accel Partners, Alven Capital, Point Nine Capital and Storm Ventures. The team is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Paris, London, New York, and Atlanta. To learn more, visit

    Elastic Enterprise Search (Previously known as Swiftype) is Elasticsearch, with a complete set of specialized tools and extensible APIs that make it easy to build search solutions and give users the best answers, every time. Monitor performance with robust analytics, tweak relevance in real-time, and scale it all seamlessly.

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    Sample Customers
    Birchbox, Twitch, Lacoste, Stripe, WW, Medium, Cousera, National Geographic, Zendesk, Magento
    HotelTonight, Perceivant, Docker, Green Man Gaming, Xoom, AutoScout24, TheLadders, Center for Open Science, Parleys, Tango
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Media Company8%
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Transportation Company6%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Media Company9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise67%

    Algolia is ranked 8th in Search as a Service while Elastic Enterprise Search is ranked 1st in Search as a Service with 19 reviews. Algolia is rated 0.0, while Elastic Enterprise Search is rated 8.2. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Elastic Enterprise Search writes "The go-to stack for machine- and sensor-generated data use cases. Easy to deploy and maintain. Elastic's ELK Elasticsearch, unlike AWS Elasticsearch, comes with batteries included". Algolia is most compared with Amazon AWS CloudSearch, Amazon Kendra, Solr and Azure Search, whereas Elastic Enterprise Search is most compared with Azure Search, Amazon Athena, Splunk User Behavior Analytics, Amazon Kendra and Coralogix.

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