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Google releases new version of Search Appliance

GB-7007 can index 10 million documents

Google has released a new version of its Search Appliance, which it claims can index 10 million documents, more than three times as many as the current model.

At this point, the Search Appliance continues to be a very attractive alternative for companies that are taking their first plunge into enterprise search, he said. Its simpler use and lower cost reduce the risk for IT managers, while giving their companies a chance to explore and discover the benefits enterprise search can bring them, Babineau said.

In addition to its expanded indexing capacity, the GB-7007 lets IT managers affect more granularly how search queries are resolved, a feature Google calls ‘biasing’. For example, administrators now can bias search results based on metadata attributes of a file, such as its author.

Also, the GB-7007 lets administrators tailor results based on types of users, so that queries from marketing employees and engineers are resolved differently, for example. The product now also generates alerts for users who want to be notified of new or modified documents that contain certain terms.

Usage stats are now also more detailed, giving administrators additional details about the terms users are searching for, the results they are clicking on and the like. In security, the product now has native support for the Kerberos authentication protocol.

Companies that have stand-alone or clustered GB-1001 Search Appliances can take advantage of the software improvements in the GB-7007 by downloading the software upgrade for free, said Nitin Mangtani, Google's lead product manager of enterprise search.

He declined to provide pricing information for the product. The GB-1001 starts at $30,000 (£15,000) for a 500,000-document capacity, offered as a two-year licence that includes support, hardware replacement coverage and software updates.

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