Lucid Imagination, a value-added open source solutions provider dedicated to supporting Apache Lucene and Solr search technologies, has unveiled a strategic investment from In-Q-Tel (IQT), an independent strategic investment firm specializing in innovative technology solutions in support of the CIA and Intelligence Community. Through the IQT, Lucid Imagination will support the Intelligence Community by providing advanced access to Lucene and Solr search solutions.
This partnership will accelerate Lucid Imagination’s efforts to facilitate and expand the adoption of Lucene/Solr technology within the U.S. Intelligence Community as well as the commercial market.
Lucene/Solr-based search is one of the fastest-growing systems in the enterprise search market, with more than 9,000 downloads per day and over 4,000 organizations employing it. Many organizations are reducing overhead by replacing expensive licensed search solutions with Lucene and Solr because it offers the most flexible and scalable architecture for developing highly sophisticated full-text search applications.
Lucene/Solr peviously relied on the open source community for training, documentation and technical support, which kept many organizations from considering the technology. With Lucid imagination, a well-funded commercial entity offering certified distributions of Lucene and Solr, SLA-based support subscriptions, training, high-level consulting and value-added software, new and existing users now have access to enterprise-grade support and services.
IQT sees significant potential for Lucene/Solr adoption within its government partners, with several partners already been using the technology and requiring more reliable, predictable support and services for better risk management. Lucid Imagination provides the support IQT’s partners require to deploy Lucene/Solr in mission-critical applications.
Eric Gries, CEO of Lucid Imagination, said “We have been witnessing the unprecedented growth potential of Lucene and Solr open source adoption, as we have found that roughly 50 percent of incoming leads are from those that are unfamiliar with the technology, yet trust the reliability and strength of open source technology against traditional proprietary search offerings.”
“Given the increasing adoption of open source in general, and search and information retrieval in particular, Lucid Imagination is an important addition to our technology portfolio,” commented Troy Pearsall, EVP of Architecture and Engineering at In-Q-Tel. “While we evaluate many technologies as part of our investment process, we only invest in the most promising capabilities. We recognize the value that Lucid Imagination brings to our customer agencies for their current and future efforts.”