Lucidworks Advances Its Fusion with Apache Spark

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 22, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Lucidworks, provider of enterprise-grade search development platforms built on the power of Apache Lucene/Solr open source search, has announced version 2.0 of Fusion-an enterprise Big Data search product of Lucidworks. The company released the new version after integrating it with Apache Spark –an open-source cluster computing framework.

Apache Spark’s, integration with Fusion enablesreal-time analytics within the enterprise search platform. It also allows developers to have access to Spark’s store of machine-learning libraries for data-driven analytics. In addition, User Interface (UI) workflow has been re-designed to make it easy for new users, especially for those who are not familiar with Solr architecture, to create and configure Fusion.

“We built Fusion to give our users the ability to create unlimited experiences around their data, regardless of their role within an organization. With our new interface, users are better equipped to utilize Fusion so they can create the applications they want for customers while expanding their understanding of their own data,” says Will Hayes, CEO, Lucidworks.

Another major change in the new version is the rebuilding of the Silk dashboard system. The new dashboard is based on Kibana 4 while the older one was on Kibana 3. According to Hayes, the goal behind including Spark and Solr in the architecture is to empower users to write and run a variety of jobs while taking advantage of both projects’ powerful features and rich libraries. This initiative will make the users’ experience seamless and they can find and combine various capabilities into one powerful development platform.

Moreover, Fusion 2.0 featuresimproved facet management that delivers an intuitive and streamlined way to vary and customize the information displayed according to the data requested, and security integration that will automatically limit search results according to existing enterprise security groups.      

Commenting on the future of Fusion 2.0, Hayes states that Fusion 2.0 cements Lucidworks’ shift from an open-source consultancy to an enterprise platform that powers Big Data search. “With the release of Fusion 2.0, we have crafted an entirely new user experience focused on enabling all users to craft a custom data experience within their applications,” he concludes.