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What are the features of Apache Solr and why should we use it?

What are the features of Apache Solr and why should we use it?
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Apache Solr is a standalone full-text search platform to perform searches on multiple websites and index documents using XML and HTTP. It is built on a Java Library called Lucence, Solr supports a rich schema specification for a wide range and offers flexibility in dealing with different document fields. It also consists of an extensive search plugin API for developing custom search behavior.

The major benefits of using solr are:

Allows Scalable, high performance indexing Near real-time indexing
Standards-based open interfaces like XML, JSON and HTTP
Flexible and adaptable faceting
Advanced and Accurate full-text search
Linearly scalable, auto index replication, auto failover and recovery
Allows concurrent searching and updating
Comprehensive HTML administration interfaces
Provides cross-platform solutions that are index-compatible
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