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SearchDaimon open sourced to take on Apache Solr

Chris Mayer
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The enterprise search engine has been released (mostly) under a GPL license. Can it challenge the established order of Solr and ElasticSearch?

 

The Norwegian developers behind SearchDaimon
Enterprise Search have chosen to open source their enterprise
search system, in an attempt to challenge Apache Solr’s market
dominance.

The search engine, primarily designed for
corporate websites, is capable of indexing websites as well as
several common enterprise systems such as SharePoint, Exchange and
SQL databases. Users are capable of filtering, sorting and
federating searches, as well as logging user behaviour and system
performance from an admin panel.

The eponymous company’s decision to release
SearchDaimon ES on GitHub
under an GPLv2 puts it on a level playing field with other open
source options such as Apache Solr and ElasticSearch.

CTO Runar Bulvik explained to
Arctic Startup
that the competitor has “some
performance and usability issues.”

SearchDaimon has
engineered a solution that processes content and delivers query
response times superior to other open source search solutions”,
sa
id Buvik bullishly, before adding that
with the community’s help, he hoped SearchDaimon “can build one of
the best solutions for enterprise search yet.”

SearchDaimon isn’t in its infancy, with research
beginning at Trondheim University in 1998 before Buvik and
colleague Magnus Galåen commercialised it in 2005.

Some components have been held back
, such as
the DWG/CAD converter, due to the presence of proprietary
code.

The absence of a distributed web crawler does
give SearchDaimon a disadvantage, with Solr able to integrate with
fellow Apache project
Nutch.
The team say that adding a “ES powered internet search engine” is
“probably not that realistic” but efforts into cleaning out third
party code were being looked into.

The company plan fund to future development by
offering SearchDaimon consultancy services,
partnering
with various cloud companies, as well as selling SearchDaimon ES as
an appliance.

SearchDaimon have a lengthy
roadmap
of potential feature in the offing.
Immediate goals include adding screenshot plugins and a Wiki,
whilst in the long-term, the team hope to add a Java interpreter to
allow the community to develop Java plugins. Only 0.16% of the
project is in Java currently -
its 100,000 lines of
code predominantly written in Perl and C
- but
SearchDaimon seem keen on branching out into the JVM.

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