On content-rich sites, the search facility is vital to help your users get to where they want to be. Drupal’s standard search is okay, and does the job, but recently there’s been a lot of momentum behind Apache Solr.
It’s a separate project, under the umbrella of the Apache foundation, but an integration module was written by Robert Douglass (http://drupal.org/project/apachesolr). Acquia then began offering a hosted Solr service so you didn’t have to go through the process of installing it on your service - but their has been some dissatisfaction with their pricing structure on this service.
However, it can be tricky to get going on your own. Solr is written in Java, and needs to be run in a servlet container such as Tomcat. This makes the install process a bit more time consuming and daunting, especially for those unfamiliar with Linux server admin tasks.
But one Drupal hosting management company, Omega8cc, has made a special offer on Twitter today:
We can install ready to use Apache/Tomcat Solr Search *Multi Core* Engine on any Debian or Ubuntu server - at no cost - there is no catch!
If you want to know more, contact Omega8.cc at http://omega8.cc/contact. If you go for this offer, let us know how it goes in the comments below.