SearchStax Cloud Free Trial
SearchStax Cloud offers a “free trial” program for prospective clients. You can experiment for up to two weeks, free of charge. No credit card is required for the duration of your free trial.
SearchStax Cloud Trial Deployments
SearchStax offers two types of Solr environments:
- Shared-Cluster Indexes: The “shared” Solr architecture is simple, lightweight, and very economical. It was designed to host experimental and proof-of-concept systems at low cost.
- Dedicated Deployments: This architecture is for industrial-strength systems that need high-availability, backups, alert monitoring, disaster recovery, and uptime guarantees. It is especially suitable for coordinated multi-index systems such as Sitecore and Drupal.
You may try both (one of each) in your Free Trial.
As a free-trial user, you can create one Shared-Cluster Index (at a time). The free-trial index uses the Amazon Web Services US-East Region and Solr 8.11.1. There are three specifications available:
- Starter: 10K requests per month; 100 MB index size.
- Essential: 50K requests per month; 1000 MB index size.
- Standard: 150 K requests per month; 5 GB index size.
You may use any of these configurations:
- Basic Configuration: The Solr default configuration.
- Sitecore: A configuration generally compatible with a Sitecore index.
- Drupal: A configuration generally compatible with a Drupal index.
- Custom Configuration: Upload your own configset as a .zip file.
It takes about thirty seconds for the system to deploy a new Shared Index.
As a free-trial user, you may create one dedicated deployment (at a time) for evaluation. There are four free-trial deployments available:
- AWS NDN1: Amazon Web Services, single-node, 1 GB memory, 8 GB storage.
- AWS NDN2: Amazon Web Services, single-node, 2 GB memory, 16 GB storage.
- AWS NDC4: Amazon Web Services, two-node cluster, 4 GB memory, 32 GB storage.
- Azure NDN2: Microsoft Azure, single-node, 2 GB memory, 16 GB storage.
- Azure NDC4: Microsoft Azure, two-node cluster, 4 GB memory, 32 GB storage.
It usually takes five minutes to set up a single-node deployment, and up to fifteen minutes to set up a cluster using AWS. For Azure, setup times can be longer. Feel free to explore our documentation and our Help Center while you wait.
Providers, Regions, Deployments, and Prices
Sign Up for Trial Account
To sign up for a SearchStax Cloud free trial, go to the SearchStax Free-Trial page. Fill in the enrollment form.
SearchStax will send you a confirmation message to verify your email address. You must click on a link before you can log in to your trial account.
Evaluate SearchStax Cloud
Our SearchStax Cloud Quick Start pages presents instructions on setting up and provisioning your first cloud deployment.
- Shared-Cluster Quick Start demonstrates how to create, provision, and query a shared index.
- Dedicated Deployment Quick Start demonstrates how to set up a single node or cluster deployment.
Technical Support During Free Trial
We want you to succeed, so of course we offer support. See How to File a Support Request.
Become a SearchStax Customer!
Becoming a SearchStax customer is as easy as entering a credit-card number. On the SearchStax dashboard, go to the Billing and Payments tab.
From the moment we receive your billing information, you become a SearchStax customer entitled to SILVER level support.
Cancelling the Free Trial
To cancel your free trial, navigate to the User Preferences tab of the SearchStax dashboard. Click the big red button.
When a Free Trial is cancelled or expires, the deployment and collections are automatically deleted. They cannot thereafter be restored by any means.
SearchStax’s policies regarding free-trial billing are:
- If you let the 14 days run out, we close the account and delete the deployment automatically. You will not be billed.
- If you cancel the free trial by deleting the account, you will not be billed.
- For paying customers, billing begins at the moment you give us your credit-card number. You will not be billed for your “free trial” activities up to that moment.
Month-to-Month vs. Annual Commitment
The prices shown when creating a new deployment in SearchStax are the month-to-month self-service rates. Lower rates apply to annual and three-year commitments. See our detailed pricing web page.