Apache Lucene is one of the most popular open source search platforms and a story on Virtual Strategy Magazine tells us that, “Cloudant Upgrades Cloud Database Service with Integrated Text Indexing and Search Based in Apache Lucene.” Cloudant created the Cloudant Data Layer, which is a service that collects, stores, analyzes, and distributes application data across a global network with secure data networks with non-stop data access to users anywhere in the world. Now Cloudant’s Cloud database has been upgraded with Apache Lucene for Search 2.0. The new Cloudant Search 2.0 allows developers to enhance their Web apps with indexing and textual document analysis. Search 2.0 takes advantage of Lucene’s features for its Cloud database by tying it with text search with unified API access, horizontal scaling, and a REST endpoint for application data.
Search 2.0 is a big step for Cloudant and the company is proud of the achievement:
‘Search 2.0 enables the types of text analytics that just aren’t possible with the limited in-database search capabilities of SQL or other search systems,’ said Mike Miller, co-founder and chief scientist at Cloudant. ‘I can’t think of any application out there that wouldn’t benefit from better search. By drawing on the speed and simplicity of Lucene, we are able to provide developers with an easy, familiar way to do that for large amounts of application data that will perform at-scale for massive amounts of users.’
Miller is exactly right. Search is one of the most important features that any enterprise or database technology could have. By using Apache Lucene, Cloudant has created a better search engine for its clients. LucidWorks is another company that specializes in search software and was one of the first to build a supported enterprise solution based on Apache Lucene. It also offers a robust cloud search application that offers flexible options for those seeking a strong open source solution. .
Whitney Grace, October 31, 2012