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From "Brian Mansell" <>
Subject Re: Zappos's new Solr Site
Date Tue, 15 Apr 2008 00:44:21 GMT
Matthew -
Thanks for sharing this example. The Zeta site search works well and
provided results to my test queries instantly.


On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 10:35 AM, Matthew Runo <> wrote:

> Hello folks!
> First, the link: (it's a very early open beta...
> we're just very proud of everyone's work and wanted to share it with you
> all)
> We've been working on a new site here at Zappos for about the last 7
> months, with planning going back almost two years. We looked at Endeca, we
> looked at Fast, we looked at sooooo many commercial search engine
> technologies in that time that I can't even remember them all. We ended up
> choosing Solr, and not just because it's free. Solr has a truly wonderful
> group of users here who respond to support questions far faster than most
> paid support contracts. I've never had a question that I couldn't get
> answered on this list, no matter how stupid it's been (sorry Hoss!) =p
> Zappos has a long history of using open source technologies to drive their
> business, and have used Apache 1.3 + Perl 5 for the past 8 years. Our new
> site is written in Java, and is really built around our Solr index. Solr
> powers all the navigation and facets, as well as the brand list and brand
> pages. One of the issues with our old site was how database heavy it was,
> with some pages generating 100s of queries. Zeta is much better in this
> regard, and we really think Solr is going to serve us very well.
> Here's some stats on our Solr index...  158,821 documents in about 2 gigs
> of disk space, running in Tomcat 6 with 10 gigs of ram set aside. We have 5
> servers clustered together, and each runs an instance of a local copy
of solr. For now, each of these servers reads from a single
> Solr index stored on NFS - we'll see how this works out, and are prepared to
> store a local copy of the index on each server.
> Thanks, and we'd love any feedback on the new site (keep in mind, some
> parts of it aren't quite done).
> Matthew Runo
> Software Developer
> 702.943.7833

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