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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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Apache Solr

Solr spins up nicely and works effectively for small enterprise environments providing helpful mechanisms for fuzzy searches and facetted searching. For larger enterprises with complex business solutions you'll find the need to hire an expert Solr engineer to optimize the powerful platform to your needs.Internationalization is tricky with Solr and many hosting solutions may limit you to a latin character set.
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Pros

  • 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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  • Speed -- This is a very fast platform.
  • Scalability -- We can rapidly grow our environments to meet expanding business needs.
  • Flexibility -- We can make Solr bend to our business needs and not the other way around.
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Cons

  • 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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  • Indexing of data can sometimes be a slog, meaning it can sometimes take a while to get a large collection up and running if you have many fields that need to be indexed.
  • ElasticSearch offers better support and flexibility.
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Apache Solr in general stacks up very well to its competitors, it provides much of the same features and performance and has the benefits of being an open-source project with an active contributor base that works consistently and improves the platform. Depending on your setup it can also be a cost saver compared to many other competitors.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • Usage of Solr in the browse webpages (apart from Search) has resulted in customer choosing his/her product within 3 clicks by the using of faceting.
  • Speed, relevance and efficiency of search results.
  • Using Solr for International Markets comes out of box.
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Apache Lucene

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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Apache Solr

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