Google aims to improve enterprise search

Google this month released the latest version of its Google Search Appliance, an integrated hardware and software device that can index as many as 10 million documents in a single box.

Searching for business information 'that helps you do your job should be as easy as searching for information on Google.com,' said Nitin Mangtani, Google's lead product manager for enterprise search.

The typical enterprise search configuration typically has been made up of several servers, which could include front-end Web servers, index servers and database servers, each of which needed to be separately maintained, the company said.

The new Google Search Appliance, housed in a signature yellow box, provides universal search capabilities across an organization's content and is designed to make it easy to deploy and administer enterprisewide search as content grows, Google officials said.

The updated appliance offers search capabilities for secure access to Web servers, portals, file shares, databases and enterprise content systems including EMC Documentum, IBM FileNet, OpenText Livelink and Microsoft SharePoint.

Google Search Appliance also provides users with new scoring policies. Administrators can adjust search results for different user groups, based on department or function. The appliance also supports Kerberos to provide single authentication for SharePoint, file shares and content that's outside the realm of Windows systems, the company said.

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