Amazon CloudSearch vs. Apache Lucene

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amazon CloudSearch
Score 7.9 out of 10
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Amazon CloudSearch is enterprise search as a service, from Amazon Web Services.N/A
Apache Lucene
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Apache Lucene is an open source and free text search engine library written in Java. It is a technology suitable for applications that requires full-text search, and is available cross-platform.
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Amazon CloudSearchApache Lucene
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsA free and open source product.
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User Ratings
Amazon CloudSearchApache Lucene
Likelihood to Recommend
6.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amazon CloudSearchApache Lucene
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
I would like to mentioned about the scenario where Amazon cloud search was well suited is when we need regular updation of data and the subject matter requires continuous alterations due to the continuous changing environment and talking abut the least appropriate would the times when their is high level of customisation requirements in the project.
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Apache
Apache Lucene is a perfect text search implementation where the heap space usage needs to be kept to its minimal. It also enables search based on various search fields and most importantly the search and index process can happen simultaneously. The only scenario where it might be less appropriate would be when the index size grows too big. We have witnessed few scalable issues where the search would take a while when the index size is too large.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • Really fast queries
  • Good Reporting
  • Reduce the cost of the server
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Apache
  • 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
Amazon AWS
  • First thing I would like to mentioned about its indexing speed, I have noticed while working with large sums of data
  • Second I would like to mentioned about customisation challenge, although it is also its pros but a con as well, as it is a tedious task to customise when time value comes place as well.
  • Thirdly, I do feel that its advanced search queries could be more supported. I have seen some level of lagging when it comes to more advanced search queries given the size of data.
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Apache
  • User interface for setup and maintenance would be helpful.
  • Easier cloud/cluster setup.
  • Better, centralized documentation.
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
I didn't investigate the best alternatives to CloudSearch, but did help with implementing this feature in our application. But from what i tested and used - Cloudsearch is very fast to get queries. Some negative points can be the time to implement this and some configurations that can be tricky.
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Apache
The search and index performance of [Apache] Lucene is excellent and the quality of results is good, if not better. For implementing it with small scale applications it is a no brainer, Lucene is the best and most cost effective solution. Learning curve is not too steep either.
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • It has directly or indirectly improved the operational effiecncy for sure.
  • Its limitations towards limited customisation requirements makes it a bit negative side of the scenario.
  • Its scalability of the growth offers seamless accommodation of large data sets which is a positive impact although.
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Apache
  • 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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