Seven Ways the Solr Search Platform Touches Our Daily Lives

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-04-24

Solr, one of the largest open-source projects in the world, is an enterprise search platform written in Java. It is a popular, blazing-fast open-source enterprise search platform built on Apache Lucene. Indeed, some consider Solr the most popular, widely adopted, reliable and scalable search engine of its kind since it operates on top of relational databases and frameworks like Hadoop and as a stand-alone NoSQL store. Major features include full-text search, hit highlighting, faceted search, real-time indexing, database integration and rich document handling. Solr began as a tool for CNET to search its internal data and more than 10 years later now powers some of the Internet's biggest names for public and internal use across enterprise and consumer audiences. The major Hadoop distributions from Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR all bundle Solr as the search engine for their big data platforms. Based on information compiled through our reporting with assistance from Lucidworks, the commercial sponsor of Solr, eWEEK offers seven examples of how Solr search technology touches our everyday lives.


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