A listener recently requested that the SolrCluster crew discuss using Solr as a nosql database. There are several Solr experts on the Lucidworks team, but Grant Ingersoll, CTO of Lucidworks, was overdue for a visit with the SolrCluster team, so they invited him to the show.

For those of you who don’t know Grant, he is a co-founder of Lucidworks as well as an active member of the Lucene community – a Lucene and Solr committer, co-founder of the Apache Mahout machine learning project and a long standing member of the Apache Software Foundation. Grant’s prior experience includes work at the Center for Natural Language Processing at Syracuse University in natural language processing and information retrieval. Grant earned his B.S. from Amherst College in Math and Computer Science and his M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University. In addition to being an all-around good guy, Grant is also the co-author of “Taming Text” from Manning Publications.

This episode takes a dive into:

  • Grant’s history in open source
  • Co-founding and building Lucidworks into the leading open source search company
  • How the power of search is evolving beyond simple keywords
  • The future of Solr and it’s key strengths
  • Solr and the nosql movement