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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Coveo

Coveo is well-suited for larger companies that have a huge amount of files sitting its databases. For a company of more than 100K employees, Coveo does a nice job of sifting through massive piles of data. For example, if I wanted to find something about 401K matches, I could type that into the Coveo search bar on our portal and it would give me all the files in our system about investing in 401K in our company. The results don't take too long to come up as well.
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Pros

Apache Solr

  • Easy to get started with Apache Solr. Whether it is tackling a setup issue or trying to learn some of the more advanced features, there are plenty of resources to help you out and get you going.
  • Performance. Apache Solr allows for a lot of custom tuning (if needed) and provides great out of the box performance for searching on large data sets.
  • Maintenance. After setting up Solr in a production environment there are plenty of tools provided to help you maintain and update your application. Apache Solr comes with great fault tolerance built in and has proven to be very reliable.
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Coveo

  • Searching a large set of documents is very fast
  • Support for faceted searching
  • Supports synonyms through an admin panel or via an external file
  • Out-of-box controls for rendering search, results, and faceting.
  • Customization allows for more flexible implementations
  • .NET hooks exist allowing code to be injected into its indexing process. This allows for more advanced taxonomy indexing (for example inspecting semantic information during indexing)
  • Items published via Sitecore are automatically indexed (within a minute or two of publish time)
  • Out-of-box support for ranking files attached to pages (PDFs, DOCs, etc) based on search term relevancy
  • Supports ranking certain file types above others (giving PDFs more weight than DOCs, etc)
  • Out-of-box support for crawling web pages from multiple sources. Each source can be configured with different crawl frequencies.
  • Coveo 7 introduces a JavaScript search interface in conjunction with a new REST API that you can use as an alternative to the out-of-the-box Coveo .NET search interfaces. This is also customizable and even supports templating engines like mustache and underscore.
  • They have a StackOverflow-like forum where you can get assistance from the community: https://answers.coveo.com/ .
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Cons

Apache Solr

  • These examples are due to the way we use Apache Solr. I think we have had the same problems with other NoSQL databases (but perhaps not the same solution). High data volumes of data and a lot of users were the causes.
  • We have lot of classifications and lot of data for each classification. This gave us several problems:
  • First: We couldn't keep all our data in Solr. Then we have all data in our MySQL DB and searching data in Solr. So we need to be sure to update and match the 2 databases in the same time.
  • Second: We needed several load balanced Solr databases.
  • Third: We needed to update all the databases and keep old data status.
  • If I don't speak about problems due to our lack of experience, the main Solr problem came from frequency of updates vs validation of several database. We encountered several locks due to this (our ops team didn't want to use real clustering, so all DB weren't updated). Problem messages were not always clear and we several days to understand the problems.
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Coveo

  • UI changes were cumbersome and timely to make changes to based on business requirements and user feedback. We were not able to optimize in the UI due to the constraints.
  • Analytics in the version we had were very poor. UI was built in Silverlight with no exportable version to be able to perform further analysis of data. Many product suggestions around additional metrics needed.
  • We struggled around data ranking and relevance due to the amount of unstructured data that we were indexing. This caused user adoption issues. This service and guidance was something that we were never really able to get from Coveo with my time using the product. The relevance controls were very simplistic and did not give us much control.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apache Solr

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Coveo

Coveo 6.6
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We still have many clients which have custom search implementations supported by Coveo which crawl their Sitecore instances. From that perspective, I'm very likely to use it again. One of the main drawbacks I have heard is that Coveo is relatively expensive. The size of your project budget may have a greater influence on your decision to use Coveo if the custom features are not must-haves for your organization
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Alternatives Considered

Apache Solr

We have considering AWS search and Elastic search but decide to go with Solr as we need high speed and flexible query, and so far it meets all our requirement so we still continue with Solr.
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Coveo

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Return on Investment

Apache Solr

  • It's enabled us to deliver fast, relevant search results on our new website. The site is still in beta and being actively developed so our complete ROI is still unknown.
  • It integrates very well with Drupal so it has saved us from having to develop a custom solution.
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Coveo

  • Quick to find things in a massive database when needed.
  • Results need to be more concise - sometimes we spend more time looking for the right file than if we were to just search amongst our own networks instead.
  • Coveo is not always the most useful but does its job when general information is needed.
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Pricing Details

Apache Solr

General

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

Coveo

General

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

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