Gear 11/05

Build custom search engines with this mini device
This story first appeared in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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Google Mini Search Appliance

  • CNET's rating: 7.0 Very good
  • The good: Easy to set up; reasonably priced; crawls many common file types; highly customizable
  • The bad: Awkwardly situated configuration port; pricey upgrade path
  • What it's for: Providing a customized search engine targeting specific files
  • Business use: Index up to 100,000 documents for quick data retrieval.
  • The bottom line: An easy-to-use search appliance for small to midsize businesses, it's a capable and flexible tool for building custom search engines.
  • Street price: $2,995
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