Google Inc. is going after clients of other enterprise search vendors
with a new trade-in program aimed at fostering adoption of its Search
Appliance, the Mountain View, California, company announced Tuesday.
Organizations that rip out their existing enterprise search systems and
replace them with a Search Appliance by the end of the year will
receive a free Google Mini, which is a simpler and less expensive
version of the Search Appliance, according to Google.
The Google Search Appliance, first introduced in 2002, is designed to
index information stored in a variety of server-based data
repositories, such as intranets, public Web sites, relational
databases, enterprise business applications, content management
software and legacy systems.
The Google Mini is designed for small and medium-size organizations
that want to make searchable the information in their intranets or
public Web sites.
Both products are hardware boxes loaded with Google search software.
Google apparently hopes the replacement program will appeal in
particular to customers of its enterprise search rival Verity Inc.,
which last week announced it will be sold to Autonomy Corp. PLC in a
cash deal totaling around US$500 million.
In its statement Tuesday, Google refers to “the recent turmoil with
providers of legacy search solutions” as a good reason for
organizations to consider swapping out their current enterprise search
systems for a Search Appliance.
The Google Search Appliance starts at $30,000 to search up to 500,000
documents, while the Google Mini costs $2,995 and searches up to
More information about the trade-in program can be found at http://www.google.com/switch.
By Juan Carlos Perez – IDG News Service (Miami Bureau)