Lucid Imagination, a company that provides support, training and consulting for open source search technologies Lucene and Solr, today announced it has secured a second round of funding for $10 million.
The company offers various software and solutions to organizations across a wide range of sectors, including e-commerce, Web 2.0, media, telecommunications, government and research looking to gain the full benefits from the free open source search platforms. Which, based on the company’s website, seems to be in high demand. Downloads of the platforms have increased nearly 10 times over the past three years, reaching rates of 7,000 downloads per day.
Lucene, a free text-based search engine library built entirely in Java, allows developers to create quick and easy search access to an enterprise’s content across multiple platforms. While Solr, a ready-to-use search platform that works on top of the Lucene library, lets developers integrate search and navigation features. Apache Lucene/Solr offers an attractive alternative to the proprietary licensed search and discovery software vendors, according to the company’s website.
Lucid Imagination also recently announced the one-year anniversary of its official launch claiming sales in the millions and over 50 customers, including AT&T, Nike, Sears, Ford, Verizon, The Guardian, Elsevier, The Motley Fool, Cisco, Macy’s and Zappos.
The San Mateo, California company, founded in 2007, previously secured a first round of funding for $6 million. The second round held a new investment from Shasta Ventures and first round investors Granite Ventures and Walden International.