Google improves corporate network searching

Google Inc. announced an upgrade to its corporate search technology Monday, and a new product for high-priority searches in large corporate databases.

To date, Google has offered two versions of its Google Search Appliance (GSA), designed to search corporate Web sites and intranets. The GB-1001 was designed for single departments and medium-sized companies, and the GB-8008 for large corporations. The GB-8008 product has now been improved, and a new product, the GB-5005 introduced, the company said in a statement.

The GB-5005 is designed for high-priority search services on databases of up to 3 million documents. It has been designed for situations such as customer-facing Web sites and company-wide intranets where searching must be available and fast, Google said.

The GB-8008 can now search up to 7 million documents from a single query, a 75 per cent improvement on the previous version, Google said.

Both the GB-5005 and new GB-8008 allow the system administrator to create two layers of searchable information: A top layer of important documents that is updated hourly, and a larger, base layer that is updated daily, the company said.

Information can be held securely and only made available to those with the appropriate approval, Google said. The GSA can now search secure information protected by basic authentication software or Microsoft Corp. NTLM (NT LAN Manager, Microsoft NT’s challenge/response authentication protocol). All the documents from protected servers are held securely within the GSA and users are only allowed to see those documents to which they have access authorization, it said.

The GSA is available on a four-week try-before-you-buy period, Google said.