If your business depends on customers or staff finding information quickly and accurately, you need effective search~ We are experts in all aspects of search: from migrations from legacy systems, to building fast & scalable indexes, tuning search relevance and creating elegant user interfaces~ We offer on-site visits to discuss your project and can also carry out proof-of-concept studies - we also offer training and support for the leading open source search engines~ The Flax Team believes that Open Source software is the best choice for implementing search engines, as it allows for rapid, flexible development based on proven technology~ Providing continuous improvement and preventing vendor lock-in, the Open Source model also offers great value for money

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Flax provide independent open source search consulting services, data ingestion, Big Data, classification and taxonomy solutions, using software such as Apache Lucene/Solr, Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, Apache Hadoop and Apache Kafka.

Our clients are from a wide range of sectors including biotechnology, e-commerce, government, intranet search, legal, media monitoring, news and media and recruitment. Whether your requirement is to sell products, publish news, organise your data, monitor the media, match resources to opportunities or simply provide a powerful and accurate search engine, we can help.

Based in Cambridge U.K. and with a network of international partners, we work with organizations across the world to tune their existing systems or to design and develop new applications.

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Can we fix your Solr or Elasticsearch system in a single day?

Here at Flax, we’re often called in to take a look at existing Apache Solr or Elasticsearch search applications, to suggest improvements, tune-ups or enhancements. It’s impossible for us to know ahead of time what we might find – out-of-date … More

Out with the old – and in with the new Lucene query parser?

Over the years we’ve dealt with quite a few migration projects where the query syntax of the client’s existing search engine must be preserved. This might be because other systems (or users) depend on it, or a large number of … More

Can you make a contribution to Apache Solr core development?

As any regular reader of this blog will be aware, we use almost exclusively open source software on customer projects. To meet their requirements, we often have to extend the functionality of the software (e.g. XJOIN in Solr). As far … More

Running out of disk space with Elasticsearch and Solr: a solution

We recently did a proof-of-concept project for a customer which ingested log events from various sources into a Kafka – Logstash – Elasticsearch – Kibana stack. This was configured with AnsibleĀ andĀ hosted on about a dozen VMs inside the customer’s main … More

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