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Lucene and Solr Search Applications Get Health Check from Lucid Imagination

Lucid Imagination, a commercial open source company dedicated to supporting Apache Lucene and Solr search technologies, today announced a free Search Health Check offering for customers signing up for Lucid Imagination’s Professional Support Subscription before September 2009. The Lucid Imagination Search Health Check service is designed to help customers maintain the accuracy, speed and performance of their Lucene-based search applications.

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Lucene/Solr-based search has become one of the fastest-growing segments in the enterprise search market, with more than 4,000 enterprises using the open source software for some of the industry’s most intensive search and performance needs. Open source Lucene and Solr offer a compelling and cost-effective alternative to proprietary licensed search and discovery software products.

Lucid Imagination’s Search Health Check is the first offering of its kind that ensures that Lucene/Solr-based applications continue to operate optimally at all times. As businesses evolve, the search applications need to keep up with the changes in underlying data and usage patterns. Periodic Search Health Checks enable customers to ensure that Lucene/Solr-based search applications continue to meet mission critical business needs by following recommended best practices for accuracy and performance.

“Because of the fuzzy nature of search and the dynamic nature of the searched content, most search applications can benefit from periodic reviews after the application is launched, to see how well the application meets actual usage. Over time, search application accuracy and performance can also deteriorate as search needs and the underlying data change,” said Eric Gries, CEO of Lucid Imagination. “Our Search Health Check helps address this by delivering a detailed review of the customer’s Lucene/Solr-based search application with recommendations on areas for refinement and optimization. Enterprises can now leverage our Lucene/Solr expertise and experience to ensure that their search application is running at optimal performance.”

Lucid’s Search Health Check assessments are performed by the company’s enterprise search and Lucene/Solr experts and are based on a consistent, disciplined methodology, based on years of experience in diverse business and technical environments. After an initial discovery phase, Lucid Imagination solution experts provide a detailed analysis that focuses on:

  • Identifying business objectives and functional/technical requirements
  • Indexing assessments
  • Query analysis and recommendations
  • Configuration and performance analysis and recommendations

Customers using Solr-based search solutions can further benefit from LucidGaze, a visual monitoring framework, that allows them to capture, store, interactively view and compare various Solr performance metrics over time. LucidGaze is also available for download from the company’s site at no charge. It features:

  • Collecting metrics over various intervals
  • Near live view of current statistics
  • Capturing workload processing time and throughput per second of multiple Solr metrics
  • Archiving and consolidating of information as performance data ages

Pricing & Availability

An annual Search Health Check service is standard with the purchase of Lucid Imagination’s Enterprise Support subscription at $24,000 per year. With this promotion, customers signing up for the Professional Support subscription at $18,000 per year, before September 2009, will receive a free Search Health Check for the first year of their annual subscription. Lucid Imagination also offers the Search Health Check as part of its advanced support and consulting engagements. For more details on Lucid Imagination’s support offerings and the Search Health Check promotion please visit www.lucidimagination.com/SearchHealthCheck.

About Lucid Imagination

Lucid Imagination is a commercial company dedicated to Apache Lucene technology. The company provides free certified distributions, commercial-grade support, training, high-level consulting and value-added software for Lucene and Solr. Lucid Imagination’s goal is to serve as a central resource for the entire Lucene community and make them more productive. Lucid Imagination is a privately held venture-funded company. The investors include Granite Ventures and Walden International.

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