Before the holidays, the author had a chance to speak with Raphael Perez, one of the founders of OpenSearchServer. Based in Paris, OpenSearchServer originated as a project for a French company that needed business-to-business soft ware. After looking at the commercial products, the firm's technical team decided to create an in-house solution as an open source project. Like IBM and SearchBlox, OpenSearchServer used Lucene as a foundation. OpenSearchServer, therefore, was of interest to him. The company offers a solution that is open source, focused on search and wrapped in a commercial endeavor. For the author, embracing open source today delivers some compelling benefits. Tomorrow, there may be some additional, unanticipated costs.
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