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Accelerating Solr App Development

Overview We recently began hosting the Solr search infrastructure for a Sitecore client who was looking for increased search performance and scalability. Naturally, they selected a Solr solution. Our client, a large Australian government entity, would see frequent high bursts of traffic and search activity. Their Sitecore deployment is hosted on Microsoft’s Azure Platform as a […]

Don't be a clown with your Solr relevance

The Clown Problem We recently assisted a client in debugging counter-intuitive search results and improving their Apache Solr relevance.  The client’s search application focuses on retrieval of party-oriented listings such as services available for clowns, magicians, bounce houses etc.  Documents in the party collection include listings for clowns, magicians, face painters, games etc.  The document […]

Does the Meltdown Patch affect Apache Solr performance? OS patches are available which mitigate the possibility of attacks due to Meltdown and Spectre.  However, there have been some claims [1, 2], that these fixes can significantly hamper application performance.  We wanted to see if there was a performance hit in the case of Solr deployments, […]