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Algolia

If you have a dedicated developer who has the technical know-how to delve deep into Algolia's documentation to figure out what makes it tick, this is the product for you. Algolia's framework is extremely powerful, making search instantaneous and providing users with results at break-neck speeds. If all you need is great search, but you do not require a complex relevancy algorithm running it, Algolia will work well for you. The more complex your use case, the more expensive the product becomes.
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Apache Lucene

Apache Lucene offers great full-text search library that makes it easy to add search functionality to a website or other applications. Lucene is ideal if you want low-level access to the indexes and its APIs. For general purposes, Apache Solr, the web application built atop of Lucene can be used instead. Apache Solr comes with caching, HTTP/ JSON APIs and a simple web administration console.
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Pros

  • Extremely fast search speeds
  • Great technical support team
  • Willingness of the company to work with customers on pricing
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  • We found Apache Lucene to be extremely performant in querying large amounts of data and retrieving the correct files based on the metadata provided.
  • The online community offers great support for the product. Even though it is an open source tool, it is not difficult to find help online for it.
  • When we were creating a proof of concept application, we found that the software worked just as well, while being run locally on a resource-limited PC.
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Cons

  • Customer support can be lacking at times, the development team IS in France so anything escalated takes a while to resolve
  • Costs escalate quickly until you hit dedicated hardware
  • Index creation can be slow
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  • We had difficulty porting the project to a cluster based environment on the cloud.
  • For our particular use case of retrieving documents based on text pattern matching, the program worked efficiently however, we did not find many resources for image pattern recognition based on their metadata.
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Alternatives Considered

I only used internally built tools for search before Algolia, but I was able to do more with a 15 minute implementation than my internal tools ever could do, and I spent many many hours developing them originally.
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Return on Investment

  • Sales from search are up considerably
  • Time to fine tune search has gone down drastically
  • Search costs up exponentially
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  • Being an open source project we did not have to pay any licensing fees for using Apache Lucene. It has greatly improved our search functionality in our web apps.
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Pricing Details

Algolia

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Apache Lucene

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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