Because LucidWorks Enterprise is Apache Solr plus enhancements, it provides all of the benefits of Solr, along with the backing of a company staffed by many of the developers and maintainers of both Solr and Lucene.
Powered by Apache Lucene/Solr: Apache Lucene and Apache Solr are fast, efficient, and backed by a thriving community. LucidWorks Enterprise includes a complete Apache Solr release. It includes all Solr features, including Solr parsers, stemmers, tokenizers, and so on. You do not need to be familiar with Solr in order to build search applications with LucidWorks Enterprise.
Replication: For high-traffic sites, replication can be employed to efficiently copy indexes to worker nodes configured behind a load balancer.
REST API: LucidWorks Enterprise features can be easily integrated with existing enterprise infrastructure with a set of APIs that do everything the user interface can do.
Easy Installation: LucidWorks Enterprise comes with an easy-to-use installer, which can also be used to generate an automated installation script for playback on slave nodes in multi-server master/slave configurations.
Administration UI: A robust interface provides access to the most common administrative tasks, including configuration of crawlers and index fields, user management, and user experience options. System metrics also show the status of active processes and user search experience.
Support for Popular File Formats: LucidWorks Enterprise can index and search files of many different types, including Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF, and other common file formats. The automated crawler can extract documents from local or remote disks, databases, and web sites, or use native XML format. Additional options for file readers and document filters are also available.
Security: LucidWorks Enterprise is LDAP-aware, so search application developers can create document level security and admin function security, allowing enforcement of security policies. Lucid Imagination has also added enhancements for optional end-to-end secure communications encryption.
Advanced User Experience
Query Parsing Enhancements: LucidWorks Enterprise enables a more resilient, richer user query experience. New query operators and better stop word and synonym handling together provide a simpler, more forgiving, and intuitive end user search experience, improving the odds of turning user inputs into quality results.
Click Scoring Relevance Framework:Click Scoring is a suite of components and tools for adjusting scoring and ranking of documents based on analysis of historical click-through log data. LucidWorks Enterprise tracks which documents were selected by users as being relevant to their individual queries, allowing manual and automated boosting based on the popularity of a given document.
User Alerts: To keep users up to date as new search results are available, LucidWorks Enterprise alerts enable automated notification. Any valid search query can form the basis for an alert; end users can select, define, and manage their own queries.
Integrated Spell Checking: LucidWorks Enterprise supports both Lucene's spelling checker and an enhanced, commercial-grade spelling checker.
Integrated Auto-complete: As users type in partial queries, LucidWorks Enterprise will suggest completed search terms, so users can quickly complete queries or choose from frequently occurring query terms.
LucidWorks Enteprise also includes technical support from Lucid Imagination. Our engineers have extensive hands-on knowledge of both Apache Solr and LucidWorks Enterprise and can answer questions and help you resolve problems. In addition, Lucid Imagination offers consulting services designed to help organizations better understand and implement search efficiently and cost-effectively. Contact your Lucid Imagination sales representative for details.