Google announced the fifth generation of the iconic yellow Google Search Appliance hardware, version 5.0, which provides universal search capabilities for secure access to enterprise content systems—including EMC Documentum, IBM FileNet, OpenText Livelink, and Microsoft SharePoint. The company also announced significant improvements in reach, security and relevance, in addition to business search technology developments available at the new Google Enterprise Labs™ site.
"When we launched the first Google Search Appliance five years ago, we had a vision to make search inside of business as simple and effective as searching on Google.com," said Dave Girouard, vice president and general manager of Google Enterprise. "By combining Google’s deep knowledge in search with more understanding and control for environments behind the firewall, we are helping businesses keep pace with the velocity of information."
The new Google Search Appliance helps organizations gain from Google’s research and engineering in "universal search" (a term that describes how search technology can work across information silos to give the best answer every time a user enters a query). This notion is vital for businesses, where content often resides in separate repositories.
To help break silos and reach into more enterprise content, the Google Search Appliance 5.0 now includes an enterprise connector framework for access to enterprise content management (ECM) systems. This framework extends the already sizable reach into 220 file formats, file shares, intranets, databases, applications, and hosted services. The connectors, which are available under open source licenses, include:
Security has been enhanced to include:
In addition, Google also announced Google Enterprise Labs, a site dedicated to improving the search experience inside businesses by providing early access to such search innovations as:
The Google Search Appliance was launched in 2002. The number of customers have grown on average 100 percent year-over-year, and today more than 10,000 companies now rely on Google enterprise search appliances (Google Search Appliance and Google Mini) to help employees find business information. The new Google Search Appliance supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Japanese, Korean and Brazilian Portuguese.
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