Apache Solr is a Win With Drupal
April 03, 2017

Apache Solr is a Win With Drupal

Peter Feddo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Apache Solr

We utilize Solr as an indexing mechanism for complex product data and user profiles. It allows us to rapidly deliver search results with minimum strain on our hardware configurations.

We're currently implementing Solr in a Drupal powered e-commerce environment and enjoying amazing success with the open source integration.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
We switched from search indexes stored in MySQL to soar and it's made a world of difference for our growing businesses. The relational databases are very poor for handling the complex data searches require and Solr delivered all the tools we need to get the performance our end users are demanding.
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.