Google announced an updated hardware and software package that promises faster and more comprehensive results for corporations, governments and universities.
The new box is the first upgrade for Google’s enterprise search appliance since the appliance was launched two years ago. The new system is bigger, with more processing power and memory, allowing a single box to index up to 1.5 million documents and 300 queries per minute, fivefold increases over the earlier model. The boxes cost between $32,000 and $175,000 each, depending on the configuration. Another software improvement is the addition of secure sign-on, which limits queries to only those documents that a particular employee is authorized to see. The new system continuously crawls corporate intranets, updating only new documents and changes in existing documents.