Drupal Search using Apache Solr and Drupal Views is a great solution for being able to use your data more effectively. Successfully searching for data on the internet can be difficult. Google does an excellent job of searching for sites on the internet, but once a user has reached your site, being able to sucessfully search and find the content and products that they want is essential. By integrating Drupal with Apache Solr, an enterprise class search system, you can accelerate and enable your customers and users to search more effectively, get better results and find what they want faster.
Faceted search is a powerful tool which helps your users to filter their search results more effectively so that they can find exactly what they're looking for quickly. It gives them fine-grained control so that they can drill-down into your data based on any characteristic you choose to make available as a search facet. So even if your user doesn't know exactly what they're looking for, they can adjust their results on the fly to better match their requirements.
If you've got a lot of data, and you need to make it easily available to a lot of users, there are few more powerful and robust solutions than Drupal and Apache Solr. We've used it to build sites that enable rapid searching of over 3,000,000 records, so we're confident that scalability is not an issue here. Think you've got big data? Solr can handle it.