Situation

Architizer has an ambitious mission to empower architects with information to build better buildings, better cities, and a better world. They're doing this by building a platform that connects over 25,000 architecture firms with the world's leading building-product manufacturers. With exponential growth in both content and traffic, Architizer sought to invest in its search infrastructure—upgrading their Apache Solr versions, while continuing to innovate on their product feature set and support scalability as their search requirements continue to grow. Architizer needed to upgrade their legacy Solr versions 4.6 to the current 6.x version.

The Architizer team determined they had a couple of options:

  • DIY: Upgrade and maintain the Solr search system in the cloud themselves. This would include setting up Solr clusters, configurations, backup systems, and require continuous monitoring and management of the search infrastructure itself.
  • Outsource: Find a vendor who could do this for them that has deep expertise in Solr, cloud computing, and have them provide Service Level Agreement (SLA)-backed 24x7x365 developer support and uptime guarantees.

Solution

Architizer was initially tempted to do it themselves - they certainly had the talent on board to do it. However, as they investigated the time and resources required they quickly realized it made much more sense to outsource their Solr needs to Measured Search, the leading fully managed Solr-as-a-Service company.

Architizer could then focus on building a great search experience and not be distracted with the day-to-day management and maintenance of their Solr search infrastructure. In addition, Architizer could avoid all of the upgrade hassles and issues by simply having Measured Search handle it - no need to do the updates themselves. Overall this would reduce their total cost of ownership and accelerate the timeline for modernizing their search infrastructure and upgrading their Solr versions.

The Measured Search team engaged with the Architizer team and utilizing SearchStax quickly built and deployed a multi-node production environment. SearchStax enabled the Architizer team to upgrade their Solr versions and migrate all of their collections to their new search infrastructure.

Since all production SearchStax clusters are front-ended with load balancers, high availability was ensured. The Architizer team didn’t want to become experts in search or be on the hook for 24x7 support so they opted for Platinum-level SearchStax support which included around the clock proactive monitoring and support as well as less than one hour incident response times.

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