Flax partners with open source support specialists Sirius Corporation

We're very happy to announce we've partnered with Sirius Corporation. Sirius are the leading U.K. provider of managed services, support and training for open source software with an impressive and growing list of clients including Canonical, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Met Office. We've recently carried out a major project for which Sir...Continue reading

Big Data – It's not always big and it's not always clever

There's been a recent flurry of activity from search vendors (and those larger companies that have been buying them) around the theme of Big Data, which has become the fashionable marketing term for a sheaf of technologies including search, machine learning, Map Reduce and for scalability in general. If anyone impertinently asks why co...Continue reading

Mixed reactions as HP buys Autonomy

The blogotweetosphere has been positively buzzing since last night's announcement that Hewlett Packard will be buying Autonomy for £7.1bn, while divesting itself of its PC business. Many commentators have put a positive spin on this, pointing to Autonomy's meteoric rise from a small office in Cambridge to the behemoth it is today....Continue reading

Economic Trends in Enterprise Search Solutions – unsustainable pricing in a changing market?

This week I was passed a link to a European Commission report on the Enterprise Search market, which I've just finished ploughing through (it's 123 pages and not exactly light reading). It provides an overview of the history of the market and some current trends, but sadly misses out almost completely the rapidly growing open source sector. The authors say "...open source solutions have been disregarded because they do n...Continue reading

Chalk and cheese – the difficulty of analysing open source options

David Fishman of Lucid Imagination has blogged on how open source search is treated by the analyst community (you can even use his links to get hold of some of the reports mentioned for the usual price of your contact details). We can add to his list a report from the Real Story Group<...Continue reading

How not to make the same mistake twice

We've been aware that some FAST customers will be considering migration for a while now - but Autonomy have finally caught up. However, if you migrate from one closed source solution to another, how can you guarantee that the same sort of events that have led to the current situation won't happen again? With open source, there's no vendor lock-in, a wide choice of companies to assist you with develo...Continue reading

Questions to ask your search vendor

#1 - How does it work? You'll probably get as many different answers to this as there are vendors - but you may not get the whole truth. Bear in mind that a lot of search engines share what theoretical ideas they apply. An engine might use a vector-space or probabilistic models for ordering results, for example. Most will create an Continue reading

Flax partners with Lucid Imagination

We're very happy to announce that we've been selected as an Authorized Partner by Lucid Imagination, the commercial company for Lucene and Solr. You can read the press release as a PDF here. Apache Lucene and Solr, available as open source software from the Apache Software Foundation, are powerful, scalable, reliable and fully-fea...Continue reading

Website Redesign

We've now completely redesigned the Flax website - we hope you like it. We've tried to focus more on explaining exactly what we do and how the Flax open source search platform might be able to help your business. Of course, there are sure to be teething problems - if you find anything that doesn't work do let us know!...Continue reading