It’s quite interesting that a proprietary vendor such as Microsoft has taken a deep interest in open source, particularly in the area of enterprise search. In fact, “Microsoft picks Lucid Imagination for Azure Search.” Below are more details about the fruit of the partnership:
…the Microsoft Azure Marketplace is now offering cloud search from Lucid for its Azure customers. This extends the relationship between Microsoft and Lucid… and brings the offer of Solr-based search to Microsoft’s customers…
The product, LucidWorks Cloud for Microsoft Azure, looks and feels like the LucidWorks Enterprise product, but without any need to have local servers to host the search service. It includes the REST API; but runs without any need to access the various configuration files normally associated with Solr.
This is such a wonderful development that we should watch out for due to the numerous opportunities that it would open for LucidWorks, Microsoft Azure, and Apache Lucene/Solr users as a whole.
The mere fact that LucidWorks Cloud was selected as a SaaS product in the Azure Marketplace by IT giant Microsoft says a lot about LucidWorks, formerly Lucid Imagination, and its products. It is a prime time to take a more serious look at LucidWorks’ products when considering enterprise search requirements.
Lauren Llamanzares, August 21, 2012