Apache Solr is the most widely used open source solution for full-text search in terms of query volume and combined corpus size. Unfortunately, it’s still hard to manage, particularly at large scale. Yet the majority of the world’s companies running Solr run it on a CMS platform that doesn’t specialize in building high-performing search solutions at the largest scale in the world as Lucidworks does. Last September at ACTIVATE 2019, the Search and AI conference, we previewed a product that bundles learnings from 13 years of supporting Solr customers.

Joining the Adobe Marketing Cloud Ecosystem

This January, we made another strategic step in acquiring the premier provider of search consulting specifically for commerce in Cirrus 10. Then we shored up our investment in the ecommerce space with our newest product, Lucidworks Managed Search, which now integrates with the Adobe Experience Manager CMS platform to support the broader Adobe Marketing Cloud Ecosystem and a host of other CMS-platforms—like WooCommerce and Magento—more commonly used for ecommerce. 

Comparing Lucidworks Managed Search (Solr) with Vanilla AEM

Features
Lucidworks Managed Search
Broader AEM Ecosystem
Compatible with Solr

✔️

✔️

Works wIth SolrCloud

✔️

✔️

Auto-Backup and Restore

✔️

Χ

Usage-Based Auto-scaling

✔️

Χ

Schedule-Based Auto-scaling

✔️

Χ

Enterprise Security

✔️

Configurable
Comprehensive Dashboard

✔️

Χ

API-Driven Cluster Creation

✔️

Χ

Activity Log

✔️

Χ

Version of Solr

8.4.1

SOLR 6.2 or earlier

Configuring Lucidworks Managed Search for AEM

AEM has had Solr integrations for years, but the options were neither cloud-native nor maintained by the sponsoring company behind Apache Solr. Now, AEM users can leverage our OSGi bundle to quickly hook into the latest stable version of Apache Solr, protected with best-in-class security, with autoscaling based on searches or schedules. Those features alone lower your total cost of ownership when it comes to operating full-text search within AEM. We provide a number of features in the latest version of Solr like improved index performance and the new package management system.

Configuring Lucidworks Managed Search for AEM

More than simply introducing new features in Solr, Lucidworks Managed Search also provides metrics, automatic updates, enhanced security, backup and restore, and more. Lucidworks Managed Search deploys on a variety of cloud-native and hybrid platforms, so you can get enhanced speed. If solutions like improved CDCR, a connection to Adobe Analytics, or query replaying suits your needs, we’ll make sure you’re first in line to try those capabilities and other features on our roadmap.

Solr Puts the “S” in OSGi

OSGi and Solr 8

If you use AEM and want to supercharge your search engine while also saving costs and accessing more features, you’re in luck. Welcome to a whole new world of developer productivity with Lucidworks Managed Search, Solr in the cloud from the creators. Lucidworks Managed Search is currently in incubation. Contact us today for early access.