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DateMonday, May 24, 2010
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Guardian Platform Opens with Solr

Guardian Using Apache Lucene/Solr to Power New Media Business on Next Generation Open Platform



Guardian-Dunn.pngLucid Imagination and the Guardian News and Media  Group have announced that the UK's Newspaper Group's  Open Platform, which has just been commercially launched, is powered by Solr, Lucene's Enterprise Search Server.

During development of the Content API, the Guardian tapped Lucid Imagination's deep expertise with Solr and related open source  technologies, to help it  unlock Guardian content to power  new online commercial service models.

Through Lucid’s efforts, the Guardian got the assurances it needed that the innovative platform would be able to  deliver predictable, consistent, high-performance scalable results. The Guardian  then deployed the Open Platform and its Solr open source enterprise search implementation in the Amazon EC2 cloud.

"Solr provides high speed, flexible access to our data resources, with the technology we need to open our content asset base to an ever-growing network of partners, content contributors and app developers", said Derek Gannon, Guardian News and Media Director of Operations .

"Working with the experts at Lucid Imagination enables us to accelerate with confidence in rolling out innovations we know will support our business model and help reshape the media marketplace, " said Gannon.


Stephen Dunn, Guardian News and Media's Head of Technology Strategy was also at The Apache Lucene EuroCon in Prague, the inaugural session of Europe's largest open source search application developer conference. Dunn   delivered a keynote address highlighting the latest innovations in the Open Platform.

Dunn's keynote was followed by an in-depth technical briefing for developers by Graham Tackley, the Guardian's Lead Software Engineer, who explained exactly how the team achieved their goal of launching this new platform with rapid indexing, simple scalability and zero downtime while delivering near-continuous updates in content using Solr.


Eric Gries, Lucid Imagination CEO said: "We're excited to be working with The Guardian on this next generation platform. Their leading-edge innovation is consistent with what we see in the adoption of Lucene/Solr in Europe and around the world," .

"More and more often, organizations are turning to open source Lucene/Solr application development to unlock opportunities hidden in the massive streams of data and content available to their organizations; more and more are turning to Lucid Imagination to ensure that innovation delivers predictable, cost-effective search implementations." said Gies.



Moving ahead, Lucid Imagination will be working with The Guardian to provide expertise for rapid innovation in rolling out new applications based on Solr/Lucene; to tap cloud-based deployment strategies; to improve scalability and reduce risks while lowering the costs of deployment; and to better integrate the Lucene/Solr technology in the Guardian's operating environment. 

Lucid Imagination is the commercial company exclusively dedicated to Apache Lucene technology. The company provides free certified distributions, documentation, commercial-grade support, training, high-level consulting and value-added software for Lucene and Solr. Lucid Imagination's goal is to serve as a central resource for the entire Lucene community and marketplace, to make enterprise search application developers more productive.

Other Lucid Customers include AT&T, Sears, Ford, Verizon, Cisco, Elsevier, Zappos,  The Motley Fool, Macy's, Qualcomm, Taser, Nordjyske Media, and other household names  Lucid Imagination is a privately held venture-funded company. The investors include Shasta Ventures, Granite Ventures, Walden International and In-Q-Tel.

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