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Logstash vs Solr vs Banana

What is Logstash? What is Solr? What is Banana? These are three questions that we are going to answer in this short post.

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Monitoring Complex Systems

Resources for Monitoring Datastax, Cassandra, Spark, & Solr Performance

This resource for monitoring Datastax, Cassandra, Spark, & Solr performance is just the first iteration of a longer initiative to create the best knowledge base on these real-time data platform technologies such as DataStax Enterprise (Cassandra, Spark, and Solr) as well as for Kafka, Docker, and Kubernetes. Our firm, Anant, has been working with Solr/Lucene for several years, and then over the years picked up Spark and Cassandra, and then made the logical move to become experts at and partners with Datastax.

Datastax OpsCenter is good but we’re wise enough to say, however, that it is just the beginning of the toolset needed to really understand what is happening under the hood in the component technologies that comprise of the Datastax Enterprise Platform. When monitoring to scale complex systems such as business platforms you need to review all signals, not just those that come from the database.

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How to Set Up a Drupal Website Connected to a SearchStax Solr Deployment

Basic Steps:

  1. Create a new Deployment in SearchStax
  2. Upload a Custom Configuration to Your Solr Server
  3. Install Drupal
  4. Install Search API / Search API Solr plugin
  5. Configure the Search API Solr Plugin
  6. Add sample content
  7. Optional – Manually Index Your Site

Step 1: Create a New Deployment in SearchStax

Assuming you have already created a SearchStax account and do not already have a deployment set up, click on the Deployments tab and then click on the Add Deployment button at the top.  Enter a Deployment name, and select the most appropriate Region, Plan, and Solr Version for your needs.  In the example below, we will be using Solr Version 6.4.2.

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Building Search Engines using Open Source Technologies

Enterprise Search is a challenging problem for most organizations. Public search technologies such as Google can index content and use link popularity to rank content in addition to the basic keyword matches. Enterprise Search is different. Sometimes it requires specially designed indexes as well as several processing steps.

At the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, part of the Department of Commerce, a team of professionals is building the next generation of search tools using open source technologies. Like any large undertaking, it’s not a simple plug and play project. Continue reading

Building Search Engines – Comparing Lucene, SolR, Elastic, AmazonSearch, and AzureSearch

Rahul Singh, CEO at Anant Corporation, gave a presentation on Comparing SolR/Lucene/ElasticSearch vs. Cloud based Search Providers at the Northern Virginia Software Architecture Roundtable. Continue reading