Google beefs up its Mini Appliance

Google Mini. Google? Yes. Mini? No. Search giant Google has upped the size and scope of its document warehousing systems, which originally hit the market in 2005. The system also includes new security software, which allows administrators to limit access to information on either a user or document level, as well as OneBox, a Google application that unlocks information from enterprise applications including Oracle, SAP or Salesforce.

The Google Mini system offers a preinstalled rack-mount search appliance that allows companies to catalogue and search large collections of documents inside their network (starting at $1995 for 50,000 docs up to $10,000 for 300,000 docs). More like Google Huge. The name of course refers to the fact that these systems are low-end alternatives to Google's enterprise systems which start at $30,000 and can hold anywhere from 500,000 to 30 million documents.

"As search becomes more critical to businesses of all sizes, we continue to add even more sophisticated search features that, until now, had only been available to large businesses," Girouard said.

News source: vnunet.com

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You can always use MSN desktop search and point it to a mapped drive on the network (something Google Desktop does not allow you to do). Granted this has limited features - but works well all the same and is free

beatlesdb said,
You can always use MSN desktop search and point it to a mapped drive on the network (something Google Desktop does not allow you to do). Granted this has limited features - but works well all the same and is free :)

You clearly don't understand who these appliances are tailored towards. And in a corporate/enterprise environment your suggestion just isn't feasible with that many users