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Apache Solr

25 Ratings
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Score 8 out of 101

Google Search Appliance

11 Ratings
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Score 7.3 out of 101

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Apache Solr

It is well suited for classified search and filtering, and high volume data matching.
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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

  • Faceted navigation and field collapsing/grouping : filtering and quick results were what we needed for our websites. Our customers needed to have this functionalities for good and efficient results.
  • We tested them with our customers' registered searches (they received all new goods matching with their registered searches by emails and/or mobile push). Results were incredible by comparison with our old system (old MySQL requests).
  • Note : we didn't put all our data in Solr. Just what we need for searching uses. Other data stayed in our MySQL database.
  • Auto-suggest : our old auto-suggest wasn't performing well. With Apache Solr, our new one was worked really well ! The suggestions came quickly and suggestions were good.
  • We also extended auto-suggestion with geo-spatial data and it worked well.
  • Hit highlighting : we used this functionality and we didn't have problem and nasty surprise.
  • Keep all data status during data upgrading (see next details for improvements)
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  • 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

  • Ease of use -- this is not always the easier platform to configure.
  • Developer Community -- There are not a whole lot of folks out there that understand this stuff so finding talent is difficult.
  • Drupal 8 -- We've been frustrated with slow development on APIs for Drupal 8 integration.
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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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Alternatives Considered

Azure Search is not as mature as Apache Solr at this point. So the range of query flexibility is less than Solr. Also, when indexing content goes beyond 1 TB, it might become costly for Azure Search.
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Return on Investment

  • Cheap -- it's free and open source so we love it!
  • Developers Expensive -- It's hard to find talented developers and those that are available are expensive.
  • Hardware Requirements -- Solr is not terribly expensive to operate on cloud machines.
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  • 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
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Google Search Appliance

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