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Real User
Senior Software Engineer, Search at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 28 2018

What do you think of Solr?

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our search ranking, relevancy, search performance, and user retention.

What is most valuable?

Sharding data Faceting Hit Highlighting Parent-child Block Join and Grouping Multi-mode platform

What needs improvement?

SolrCloud stability, indexing and commit speed, and real-time indexing need improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

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.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With increased sharding, performance degrades. Merger, when present, is a…
Vendor
VP of Product at a legal firm with 51-200 employees
Jul 07 2015

What is most valuable?

We use Solr to index over 600k documents. It's very fast and has been flexible to use. The speed of indexing individual documents has been great. The most valuable feature has been the powerful search syntax that we use to find documents with specific attributes.

How has it helped my organization?

We now have a much more powerful way to search our set of documents and the open source price is right.

What needs improvement?

Memory utilization could be better but it is an industrial strength tool so some overhead is to be expected.

What other advice do I have?

Doing this again I would look at search as a service solution. The overhead cost of running Solr on a cloud server and the additional storage should be evaluated against something like elasticsearch. Rackspace has not had a search service, but if they did we would consider it.

What is Solr?

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.
Solr customers
eHarmony, Sears, StubHub, Best Buy, Instagram, Netflix, Disney, AT&T, eBay, AOL, Bloomberg, Comcast, Ticketmaster, Travelocity, MTV Networks