What Is the Most Deployed Search System in the World?

September 26, 2012

I just had a brief chat with LucidWorks. In that call, I learned about a surprising fact presented in the Forbes’ article “LucidWorks: Bringing Search to Big Data.” Here’s the point I noted:

Lucene/Solr is the most deployed search technology in the world, used by companies such as Netflix, AT&T, Sears, Ford, and Verizon. According to Ingersoll, Twitter search is powered by Lucene, handling more than a billion queries a day, with close to four hundred million tweets indexed and available within 50 milliseconds of being posted (see here for a 2010 post about Lucene by the Twitter engineering team).

There may be many search options. Some are free and spin outs of university or personal research projects (Elasticsearch, SearchBox). Others are well backed start ups (Palantir, Centrifuge Systems). Some are hybrids (Basho and Datastax).

If Forbes is correct, there is one vendor poised to disrupt search, analytics, and content processing—LucidWorks. More about this Forbes article in a day or two.

Don C Anderson, September 26, 2012

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2 Responses to “What Is the Most Deployed Search System in the World?”

  1. LucidWorks Growth Focuses on the User Experience and Search Features : Beyond Search on September 27th, 2012 2:07 am

    […] recently commented on the Forbes’ article titled, “LucidWorks: Bringing Search to Big Data” and the rising usage […]

  2. Martin White on September 27th, 2012 6:07 am

    Not half as suprised as Microsoft! Lucence may have more people using it to search than the various versions of SharePoint but I’m prepared to bet that there are more instances of SharePoint search (2003/2007/2010) than there are of Lucene.

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