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The enterprise search pie

The enterprise search market is heating up. From the traditional proprietary software suites to Solr based new entrants, the market landscape is changing. Some of the key trends observed lately include:
-          key spike in the offerings basket;
-          aggressive pricing by traditional software;
-          increased interest in Solr, Lucene based offerings;
-          cloud based setups.

Search and content analytics is a key player in much of enterprise set up, including the following, but not limited to:
-          eDiscovery
-          ERP, CRM suites
-          e-commerce platforms
-          Decision management systems
-          Content management systems

From a Hadoop ecosystem perspective, Cloudera and MapR announced new offerings combined with PR blitz.  The following options are thus available now for the Hadoop enthusiasts:
-          IBM Infosphere Data Explorer –
o       Earlier known as Vivismo and now acquired by IBM, this software brings federated navigation and discovery across a broad range of enterprise content and big data to maximize return on information. Real time and batch indexing of results can be done in conjunction with BigInsights Hadoop distribution
-          Apache Solr with DataStax –
o       Through integration with Apache Cassandra, Solr distribution with DataStax Hadoop gains valuable big data capabilities for enterprise search, including:
§         Continuously available Solr search
§         Real-time search
§         Data durability
§         Seamless integration across mixed workloads
-          Cloudera Search –
o       The recently launched Cloudera Search has Apache Solr integrated with CDH, including Apache Lucene, Apache SolrCloud, Apache Flume, Apache Hadoop MapReduce & HDFS, and Apache Tika. Cloudera Search also includes integrations that make searching more scalable, easy to use, and optimized for both near-real-time and batch-oriented indexing. Cloudera has adapted the SolrCloud project  and leveraged Apache Zookeeper to coordinate distributed processing.
-          LucidWorks search with MapR –
o       With this offering, MapR has now provided querying and data mining capabilities into MapR distibuted file system. Using the connector framework, LucidWorks Search hooks on to “MapR cluster and start ingesting all the data, essentially making that data searchable”.

Similar Solr custom integrations can also be developed with Hortonworks Data Platform, Windows Azure and WanDisco distribution though they may not be as refined as the ones listed above.

From a customer perspective, this is an exciting time as Hadoop distributions venture out in broader territory offering them easier data mining capabilities. As the wider interest and competition picks up, we are expecting the enterprise search offerings to be more commoditized and feature-rich in near future.

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