lucid_imagination_logo.jpgLucid Imagination (news, site) has survived their first year of business with flying colors. That is, the enterprise search company reported that they more than tripled in size over the last 12 months.

Open Source Search = <3

We can’t say that Lucid’s impressive numbers surprise us. As a one-stop kind of shop for technology that has more than 9,000 downloads per day and over 4,000 organizations using the software (Netflix, Alfresco and Myspace included), we wouldn’t expect anything less.  

What it comes down to is that effective search functions have always been critical for productivity, but 2009 saw an especially big spike in interest in the Apache Lucene technology, including the CIA's investment.

As Lucid Imagination's CEO Eric Gries put it, there were two big trends: "the pent-up demand for delivering timely access to corporate information in all its forms, and the disruptive innovation of Lucene/Solr open source search."

In response to this demand, Lucid's recent updates include the LucidWorks Certified Distributions for Solr 1.3 and Solr 1.4, as well as for Lucene 2.4 and 2.9

Ready to hop on board? You'll be lodging with an impressive lineup, including AT&T, Nike, Sears, Ford, Verizon, The Guardian, Elsevier, The Motley Fool, Cisco, Macy’s and Zappos.