The optimum performance of any business-critical application demands excessive attention from techies and time-to-time optimization also play significant role keeping the application’s performance at its best. Recently, I explored a possibility of optimizing a full functioning Liferay application simply through removing a technology tool Google Search Appliances (GSA) from it. This blog details out the primary objectives and impacts for the same.
The Liferay application provides domain specific scientific data to its users based on the predefined search criteria and parameters. Performance optimization was required for aspects such as content uploading time and page loading time. The application accommodates massive amount of contents in various forms searchable through excessive flexible search function. Both Google Search Appliances (GSA) and Apache Solr were integrated as the search engines for indexing as well as front end displaying of the data.
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Though GSA can certainly be considered as one of the best available tools to furnish the result relevancy, we decided to remove it so that we can explore:
- If Apache Solr can handle the desired definitions of search functions or not
- Using single search engine can improve the performance of the application or not
While removing integration of GSA, we paid extra attention to the following criteria:
- Scalability of the application
- Content processing
- Data indexing
- Query functionalities
- Search relevancy
- Administration & maintenance