Compare Azure Search vs. Solr

Azure Search is ranked 2nd in Search as a Service with 2 reviews while Solr is ranked 3rd in Search as a Service with 2 reviews. Azure Search is rated 9.0, while Solr is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Azure Search writes "Offers a tremendous amount of flexibility and scalability when integrating with applications". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Solr writes "The Natural Language Search capability is helpful and intuitive for our users". Azure Search is most compared with ELK Elasticsearch, Solr and Amazon AWS CloudSearch, whereas Solr is most compared with Azure Search, ELK Elasticsearch and Amazon AWS CloudSearch. See our Azure Search vs. Solr report.
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Pros
Offers a tremendous amount of flexibility and scalability when integrating with applications.The product is extremely configurable, allowing you to customize the search experience to suit your needs.Because all communication is done via the REST API, data is retrieved quickly in JSON format to reduce overhead and latency.​The search functionality time has been reduced to a few milliseconds.Creates indexers to get data from different data sources.

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The most valuable feature is the ability to perform a natural language search.It has improved our search ranking, relevancy, search performance, and user retention.​Sharding data, Faceting, Hit Highlighting, parent-child Block Join and Grouping, and multi-mode platform are all valuable features.

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Cons
For SDKs, Azure Search currently offers solutions for .NET and Python. Additional platforms would be welcomed, especially native iOS and Android solutions for mobile development.For availability, expanding its use to all Azure datacenters would be helpful in increasing awareness and usage of the product.​Adding items to Azure Search using its .NET APIs sometimes throws exceptions.

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The performance for this solution, in terms of queries, could be improved.SolrCloud stability, indexing and commit speed, and real-time Indexing need improvement.With increased sharding, performance degrades. Merger, when present, is a bottle-neck. Peer-to-peer sync has issues in SolrCloud when index is incrementally updated.Encountered issues with both master-slave and SolrCloud. Indexing and serving traffic from same collection has very poor performance. Some components are slow for searching.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
​When telling people about the product, I always encourage them to set up a new service using the free pricing tier. This allows them to learn about the product and its capabilities in a risk-free environment. Depending on their needs, the free tier may be suitable for their projects, however enterprise applications will most likely required a higher, paid tier.For the actual costs, I encourage users to view the pricing page on the Azure site for details.​

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The only costs in addition to the standard licensing fees are related to the hardware, depending on whether it is cloud-based, or on-premise.

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2nd
out of 10 in Search as a Service
Views
2,867
Comparisons
2,314
Reviews
2
Average Words per Review
503
Avg. Rating
9.0
3rd
out of 10 in Search as a Service
Views
1,382
Comparisons
1,119
Reviews
2
Average Words per Review
393
Avg. Rating
8.0
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Overview
Azure Search is a search-as-a-service cloud solution that gives developers APIs and tools for adding a rich search experience over your data in web, mobile, and enterprise applications. Functionality is exposed through a simple REST API or .NET SDK that masks the inherent complexity of search technology. In addition to APIs, the Azure portal provides administration and prototyping support. Infrastructure and availability are managed by Microsoft.Solr is highly reliable, scalable and fault tolerant, providing distributed indexing, replication and load-balanced querying, automated failover and recovery, centralized configuration and more. Solr powers the search and navigation features of many of the world's largest internet sites.
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XOMNI, Real Madrid C.F., Weichert Realtors, JLL, NAV CANADA, Medihoo, autoTrader Corporation, GjirafaeHarmony, Sears, StubHub, Best Buy, Instagram, Netflix, Disney, AT&T, eBay, AOL, Bloomberg, Comcast, Ticketmaster, Travelocity, MTV Networks
Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Search vs. Solr and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
378,124 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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