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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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Very well suited for out of the box enterprise search applications.
Read full review Pros 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. Read full review Signals feature to boost search results helps search relevancy Business Rules feature for tuning search results Query pipeline design gives great flexibility in application development Read full review Cons 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. Read full review Documentation can be improved Read full review Usability
It is incredibly intuitive and so easy to use that business people can now complete functions that used to be limited to software developers only.
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It has continued to improve over the years.
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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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seems to be a blackbox solution. Fusion is much more flexible with more features and options for developers to choose from.
Read full review Return on Investment Improved response time in e-commerce websites. Developer's job is easier with Apache Solr in use. Customization in filtering and sorting is possible. Read full review Allowed us to move software developers from enterprise search to other customer focused applications due to built in signals processing and related popularity boosting out of the box. Enabled business experts to work directly with Fusion to influence search results and not be so dependent on developers. Read full review ScreenShots