Norway’s SearchDaimon today release their enterprise search system under the GPL v2 license with a clear intent in mind – to challenge Apache’s Solr and dominate the market. SearchDaimon will of course benefit through charging fees for engineering and consulting services to licences.
The system allows companies to add search functionality to their websites, intranets, or corporate systems, with the ability to run it from their own servers, VMWare, or in the Amazon cloud.
The technology is far from new. Although the company is headquartered in Oslo, research began as far back as 1998 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Students Runar Buvik and Magnus Galåen together with Oslo Innovation Center and ICT Group formed SearchDaimon in 2005 to commercialise the technology.
CTO Runar Buvik shows a brazen attitude about the move to open source. He’s built Open Test Search to allow a public comparison of SearchDaimon against eight other enterprise search systems.
“Solr 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”, says Buvik.
“Together with the open source community, we hope we can build one of the best solutions for enterprise search yet. We will also be much freer to incorporate other GPL-licensed code into our system and make it easier for the community to contribute code. This will let more connectors be made, and better interoperability with third party software.”
The team is shooting for big business and big data, with one move in particular aiming to catch the eyes of the corporate world. SearchDaimon is the first open source search engine to have full document level security, and with an optional connection to Active Directory, the system can easily be snapped into a corporate Microsoft environment, giving corporate users a competitive option to replace SharePoint search.
A recent series of studies by Stephen E. Arnold, managing director of ArnoldIT and expert in online search systems, identified dozens of open source content processing systems. The problem is, Arnold says, “Organizations looking for an alternative to Lucene/Solr or a widely supported SQL (structured query language) solution have to trade off performance and complexity to obtain the benefits of open source software.”
“Traditional approaches to enterprise search and content processing put most organizations in handcuffs. The licenses and the proprietary software limit the customers’ ability to tailor a solution to meet specific needs.”
“The Searchdaimon approach provides organizations with freedom to enhance the system and allows developers to contribute code which will greatly extend the capabilities of the Searchdaimon high speed system.”