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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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iManage Insight

It does a decent job at its core functions (that other free software does just as well or better).
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Pros

  • 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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  • It adheres to traditional Microsoft standards such as: fact-dump documentation with no coherent story or 'best practices' information, inability to automate common tasks, intentional obfuscation of its basic operations.
  • It provides OK search results. Not great, but OK.
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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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  • There are about a dozen different config files to maintain, and the most important one is dynamically modified by Autonomy itself while it runs. Which means that it is impossible to automate the configuration or keep the configs in versioned source control. Even `cp *.cfg ~/cfgbak/` won't help you roll back a change, because it is never safe to restore a previous config. You'll be using `diff new.cfg old.cfg` a lot.
  • The Linux port is poorly thought out. The binaries are named *.exe. The StartService.sh scripts contain both `echo 'Are you sure you want to start the service? Hit ctrl-C to cancel''; read dummy` and, I kid you not, a `chmod a+x /path/to/my/binary.exe`.
  • Many features are poorly documented, leading to lots of back and forth with the support department just to answer basic questions like "what does this error code in my logs signify?"
  • It seems to reinvent the wheel, poorly, everywhere. E.g. the scheduled backup feature rolls through a user-defined finite list of directories in which to store backups. On day 0 it uses directory 0, on day 1 it uses directory 1, and after day N it rolls back and overwrites directory 0. Why would this be preferable to using a single directory and naming zip files based on the current timestamp?
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Management wants to see ROI on the (hefty) cost of purchasing this software, and has mandated that we continue using it.We would prefer to switch immediately.
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Alternatives Considered

Between Solr and ElasticSearch, there is a constant struggle to pick the best one. ElasticSearch is part of ELK and ties in well with LogStash and Kibana which makes it great for logs and big data stuff. Add some logs and see which works best for your particular access methods and queries. They are very similar but elasticsearch is better for REST access.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • I have learned to tack a zero onto the end of any estimate I make for how long an Autonomy change will take in both planning and implementation.
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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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iManage Insight

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