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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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Google Search Appliance

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 Solr

  • 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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Google Search Appliance

  • The GSA is able to organize collections of content in many different permutations, based on your needs.
  • The logs of searches and served results can offer insights into what visitors/customers are seeking, and whether they're finding what they need.
  • Default front-ends are relatively easy to set up - if they meet your needs.
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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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Google Search Appliance

  • 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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Alternatives Considered

Apache Solr

Some people on my team tried MondoDB and had several problems (don't remember which ones).Elasticsearch would be a good choice but we didn't have it in our minds when we made the choice.
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Google Search Appliance

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Return on Investment

Apache Solr

  • It has enabled my organization to find information faster by being a one-stop service to search across content that were indexed from varying sources.
  • By using synonyms and usual lemmatizations / stemming, it enabled discovery of new content following every search.
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Google Search Appliance

  • 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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Pricing Details

Apache Solr

General

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

Google Search Appliance

General

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

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