Apache Solr vs. Google Search Appliance (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apache Solr
Score 6.9 out of 10
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Apache Solr is an open-source enterprise search server.N/A
Google Search Appliance (discontinued)
Score 9.3 out of 10
N/A
The Google Search Appliance provided document indexing. The product was discontinued in favor of Google's cloud-based options.N/A
Pricing
Apache SolrGoogle Search Appliance (discontinued)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Apache SolrGoogle Search Appliance (discontinued)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Apache SolrGoogle Search Appliance (discontinued)
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Apache SolrGoogle Search Appliance (discontinued)
Small Businesses
Algolia
Algolia
Score 8.7 out of 10
Algolia
Algolia
Score 8.7 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Guru
Guru
Score 8.9 out of 10
Guru
Guru
Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprises
Guru
Guru
Score 8.9 out of 10
Guru
Guru
Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
Apache SolrGoogle Search Appliance (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(10 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apache SolrGoogle Search Appliance (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
Apache
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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The Google Search Appliance is well suited to most site search needs and it is possible to customize the front end seen by website visitors to produce a satisfactory basic interface with basic branding applied to it. However, in some situations it may be necessary to instead make API calls from a web page to retrieve search results and the format in which those results are returned might be a little more difficult to work with.
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Pros
Apache
  • 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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  • Homes in on key searches.
  • Immediate response.
  • Simple UI, very user-friendly.
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Cons
Apache
  • 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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  • It's my understanding that Google is ending support for the appliance soon. This is obviously an important consideration.
  • The administrator interface is far from easy to use.
  • There is a significant learning curve for new users.
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Support Rating
Apache
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Discontinued Products
Neutral rating because I've never needed support.
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Alternatives Considered
Apache
Apache Solr is a ready-to-use product addressing specific use cases such as keyword searches from a huge set of data documents.
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Google search has always been superior. No other search engine application can even come close.
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Return on Investment
Apache
  • Improved response time in e-commerce websites.
  • Developer's job is easier with Apache Solr in use.
  • Customization in filtering and sorting is possible.
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Discontinued Products
  • The GSA was not cheap. At all.
  • There has also been a cost associated with our need to switch to another site search solution in the near future, due to Google ending support for the sppliance.
  • That said, we have so much support content that we owed it to our customers to offer a comprehensive search tool to help them find the most relevant content - and of course Google are the masters of this. However, it's worth noting that the alogorithms used on the GSA are far older than those used on google.com.
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