Google Search Appliance is going away

TL;DR

Build your own search solution around your specific needs using one of the great open source alternatives solutions out there (Apache Solr/Elasticsearch) and stop worrying about what your search vendor will offer (or not) in the future.

The news

If you’re somehow related to the Search Enterprise world you must have noticed by now that Google is discontinuing the Google Search Appliance (GSA) product, and that it will not be available for sale from 2017. Miles Kehoe and Martin White have written a very good analysis and some follow up steps as what to do next. I think that this proves once again the traction that Open Source Search alternatives are gaining and not as Laurent Fanichet of Sinequa says that the ends of GSA “seals the end of the era of commoditized search”, in my opinion this commoditization of search products is a consequence of the rapid growth of open source search options. It’s true that neither Apache Solr or Elasticsearch are drop-in replacements for GSA, but both of this solutions provide a solid foundation for any enterprise or home cooked solution. Continue reading “Google Search Appliance is going away”

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Solr: Instant Apache Solr for Indexing Data How-to Book Review

Apache Solr Beginner's GuideI’ve been writing this review for to long, sadly some work related issues forbade me of concluding this sooner. And this is why I want to formally apologize with the author Alfredo Serafini and Punit Shetty, the “guy” form Packt Publishing; wonderful fellows who gives me the opportunity of writing this reviews and provide access to the book, which otherwise I couldn’t afford.

When I start reading a book (any technical book, actually) I like to take a sneak peek through the index before actually reading the book and my first expression about the index of this great book was: This is a BEGINNERS GUIDE? My first impression came from the fact that in the index I saw sections about merging of segments and it’s impact in your indexes, another section about writing Solr plugins; so you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand any of those topics; and yet you don’t expect to see those topics covered in a book with the word “beginners” in the title. Nevertheless it’s fare to say that this only increase my interest on reading the book, and as I sayed before this was my first impression BEFORE reading the book, but when we start reading the book you get hit by this sentence in the Acknowledgments: Continue reading “Solr: Instant Apache Solr for Indexing Data How-to Book Review”

Reviewing Instant Apache Solr for Indexing Data How-to

Instant Apache Solr for Indexing Data How-to Cover Recently I’ve had the chance of reviewing a new book about Solr: Instant Apache Solr for Indexing Data How-to thanks to the author Alexandre Rafalovitch for providing me the opportunity of doing this. It was a pleasant reading, really interesting so here are my impressions.

A remarkable point about this book is the the approach used with examples, basically the examples are first guaranteed to work and then explained in a great detail without overwhelming the reader. It’s fair to say that I was already familiar with Solr, so I knew several of the concepts explained in the first chapters, although I’ve been using a previous version (3.6) of Solr, so this book offers a very good perspective to dose seeking for a preliminary introduction into Solr 4. The author manages to expose some very complicated topics in a very fancy and yet simple form smoothly driving you from simpler topics into advanced ones.

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