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 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

Measuring search relevance scores

A series of blogs by Karen Renshaw on improving site search: How to get started on improving Site Search Relevancy A suggested approach to running a Site Search Tuning Workshop Auditing your site search performance Developing ongoing search tuning processes … More

Apache Kafka London Meetup – Real time search and insights

The rise of Apache Kafka as a streaming data solution is something we’ve been watching for a while – as part of a collection of Big Data tools, it provides a ‘TiVo for data‘ feature. We’ve begun to use it … More

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