SearchBlox 7.0 Available

June 7, 2012

SearchBlox’s blog invites us to “Compare SearchBlox7.0 vs. Solr.” Okay, so I am to compare. I wonder how? There is no side-by-side comparison set up here nor is there any link to one. Hmm. . . I guess I am expected to do the legwork.

Misleading headline aside, the write up does thoroughly describe SearchBlox new version 7.0 in relation to rival Solr. It reads:

“SearchBlox 7 is a (free) enterprise solution for website, ecommerce, intranet and portal search. The new 7.0 version makes it easy to add faceted search without the hassles of managing a schema and scales horizontally without any manual configuration or external software/scripts. SearchBlox enables you to achieve term, range and date based faceted search without manually maintaining a schema file as in Solr. SearchBlox enables to have distributed indexing and searching abilities without using any separate scripts/programs as in SolrCloud. SearchBlox provides on demand dynamic faceting of fields without specifying them through a config or script.”

The software also sports a Web-based administrator’s console. Unlike Solr, SearchBlox indexes custom meta fields without the need to specify custom fields or setup within the schema.xml file. It also supports: multiple indexes out of the box; indexing of custom content and multiple content types; and the specification of facets at runtime (as opposed to requiring a prior definition). Another nifty feature lets you add or remove SearchBlox servers from a cluster without the need to restart or stop the servers.

Perhaps SearchBlox 7.0 outpaces Solr in these metrics because it is built on top of that Apache product. SearchBlox Software was founded in 2003 and is based in Richmond, VA.

Cynthia Murrell, June 7, 2012

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