Google Mini Upgrade Focuses On Security - InformationWeek
Software // Enterprise Applications
08:06 PM
Connect Directly

Google Mini Upgrade Focuses On Security

Google's low-end enterprise search appliance offers improved security and can restrict access to information to authorized users only.

The Google Mini, Google's $1,995-plus search appliance, is getting an upgrade to version 2.2, and with the new features comes a new enterprise-specific mission statement.

The Google Mini aims to "organize your company's information and make it accessible and relevant to authorized users." That's how Google puts it in a promotional PDF file detailing the product. This differs from Google's general mission "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."

Security is clearly a major concern for the new Mini. In part that's because the Mini is being used to search potentially sensitive internal documents rather than externally facing Web documents, which are generally more innocuous. "Initially, we saw it as a site search solution," said Kevin Gough, enterprise product manager at Google. "But companies have been using it to search their intranets."

To accommodate such uses, the new Mini's security features include support for Windows NTLM, an authentication protocol, HTTP Basic, and LDAP/Active Directory integration.

But security isn't the Mini's only focus. Gough said Google also wanted to improve the Mini for administrators and users. Perhaps the most notable addition is support for Google OneBox calls to search external data sources, previously available only on the $30,000-plus Google Search Appliance.

Google's enterprise products faced a new challenge in December when IBM and Yahoo began offering IBM OmniFind Yahoo Edition, free entry-level search software for corporate servers.

At a dinner Google hosted for a few journalists last week, Dave Girouard, VP and general manager of Google Enterprise, discounted the impact of the IBM-Yahoo announcement and said that the OmniFind software wasn't really going to appeal to Google's enterprise customers.

But IDC analyst Sue Feldman isn't so sure. "In terms of functionality I think the IBM-Yahoo OmniFind Edition is tremendous value for zero cost," she said. "Some of the features they provide aren't provided by the Google Mini."

Even so, Feldman said that Google, IBM, and Yahoo have contributed to the commoditization of low-end search while simultaneously broadening the market because they "are tremendous at creating awareness and buzz."

"Companies are beginning to understand," Feldman said, "that they're at risk if they don't find their information in a timely manner."

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
[Interop ITX 2017] State Of DevOps Report
[Interop ITX 2017] State Of DevOps Report
The DevOps movement brings application development and infrastructure operations together to increase efficiency and deploy applications more quickly. But embracing DevOps means making significant cultural, organizational, and technological changes. This research report will examine how and why IT organizations are adopting DevOps methodologies, the effects on their staff and processes, and the tools they are utilizing for the best results.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Digital Transformation Myths & Truths
Transformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll