Enterprise Search Europe in London – Open source focus

NOTE: this post has a French version at the bottom of this page.

Enterprise Search Europe is the largest european event dedicated to Enterprise Search. Looking at this year’s agenda, I have the feeling a particular highlight will be given to open source. As in the recent years, several case studies are dedicated to open source, but in addition, the keynote will be focused on it. Charlie Hull, CEO and cofounder of Flax, expert in open source enterprise search, will be sharing his thoughts on the future of search and the link betweeb search and big data. Other open source tracks include a migration from Exalead to Apache Solr (the talk will be given by France Labs, yeeepieeeee), and a round table on open source implementation. You can find more details on the ESEU 2015  programme page.

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Tutorial – Deploying Solrcloud 5 on Amazon EC2

NOTE: There is a French version to this tutorial, which you’ll find on the second half of this blog entry.

In this tutorial, we’ll be setting up a Solrcloud cluster on Amazon EC2.
We’ll be using Solr 5.1, the embedded Jetty, Zookeeper 3.4.6 on Debian 7 instances.
This tutorial explains step by step how to reach this objective.

We’ll be installing a set of 3 machines, with 3 shares and 2 replicas per shard, which gives us a total of 9 shards.
We’ll also be installing a Zookeeper ensemble of 3 machines.

This architecture will be flexible enough to allow for a fail-over of one or two machines, depending on whether we’re at the indexing phase or at the querying phase:

  • Indexing: a machine can fail without impacting the cluster (the zookeeper ensemble of 3 machines allows for one machine down). The updates are successfully broadcasted to the machines still running.
  • Querying: two machines can fail without impacting the cluster. Since each machine hosts 3 shards, a search query can be processed without problems, the only constraints being a slower response time due to the higher load on the remaining machine.

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Tutorial for setting up SolrCloud on Amazon EC2

UPDATE: This tutorial is based on Solr 4. If you want to use Solr 5, we strongly recommend to use our recent blog entry to set up Solrcloud 5 on Amazon EC2

NOTE: There is French version to this tutorial, which you’ll find on the second half of this blog entry.

In this tutorial, we’ll be installing a SolrCloud cluster on Amazon EC2.
We’ll be using Solr 4.9, Tomcat 7 and Zookeeper 3.4.6 on Debian 7 instances.
This tutorial will explain how to achieve this result.
We’ll be installing a set of 3 machines with 3 shards and 2 replicas per shard, thus creating a set of 9 shards.
We’ll also be installing a Zookeeper ensemble of 3 machines.

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