Convera Corporation (NASDAQ: CNVR) announced that its Excalibur Web search technology is set to launch as the index now contains more than 4 billion pages. In addition to reaching 4 billion pages of textual Web content, the Excalibur technology also comprises approximately 500 million images, 20 million audio components and 5 million videos. The Company also disclosed that it has completed the build-out of its second data center located in Dallas, Texas. This site, in conjunction with the Company’s San Diego data center now affords prospective customers a fully redundant hosting environment. With the attainment of these operational and technology milestones, Convera is positioned to begin accepting customers for Excalibur, presently a private label search offering. The Excalibur Web search technology, while a newly developed search platform, leverages Convera’s experience over the past 15 years in creating “deep search” products for law enforcement, national security and intelligence agencies. http://www.convera.com
IBM is teaming up with Google to find documents on personal computers. The newest plug-in for IBMs enterprise search technology will integrate with Google Desktop for Enterprise, which is downloadable free. Customers using IBM WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition can now search and retrieve various types of content from their personal computers using the Google Desktop for Enterprise interface. That means users will have a single interface for searching desktop, enterprise and web content. Google has already announced that Google Desktop for Enterprise can search the full text of IBM Lotus Notes mail messages stored on a local computer. This feature allows search of all Lotus Notes databases and mail servers in addition to local mail files. Google Desktop for Enterprise is available from http://desktop.google.com/enterprise
Vasont Systems announced that the Vasont Universal Integrator (VUI) integrates with the latest release of Adobe FrameMaker software. The VUI is a software extension of Vasont, a content management system that enables organizations to store their multilingual content once for reuse and delivery to multiple media channels. Using VUI, Vasont users are able to work within FrameMaker 7.2 while accessing Vasont through a toolbar menu option. New Adobe FrameMaker 7.2 software delivers an authoring and publishing solution that combines the simplicity of word processing with the power of XML. The software enables WYSIWYG authoring in a structured environment optimized for the editing and production of valid XML. FrameMaker offers the ability to process XSLT during the FrameMaker import and export process, which can facilitate moving content in and out of FrameMaker to a desired structure. Vasont users are able to leverage this ability when moving content in and out of the Vasont repository using the VUI. FrameMaker also supports XML schema as well as DTDs, just like the Vasont content management system. http://www.vasont.com
Enterprises and developers can now download the Alfresco open source content management system. Alfresco is built on modern, service oriented technologies and standards such as Spring, Hibernate, Lucene and Web Services, JSR-168, JSR-170 and MyFaces. The Alfresco ECM solution is designed for small to mid-sized enterprises and departments that want a system that is easy for end-users to use while also being simple-to-install and flexible for developers to create new and customized content applications. Alfresco integrates to the JBoss Portal, JBoss Application Server, JBoss Cache, JBoss Application Server, Hibernate and MySQL. The Alfresco software is zero footprint ECM whereby no ActiveX or Java Applets are required on the client. Alfresco uses the Microsoft CIFS interface, which enables users to treat content just as they would a Microsoft Windows shared file drive. CIFS enables users to take work offline and synchronize it when reconnecting. It also allows applications that will only work with mounted drives or non-networked file systems to work natively with the Alfresco repository. Alfresco also announced the availability of both a free open source “Community Network” and a series of fee-based support networks. The Community Network is free and is available for download. The Developer Network is $4.99 monthly per user and the Professional Network is $9.99 monthly per user. The Enterprise Network offers unlimited users for a monthly fee of $625. For a limited period all customers taking out a support subscription to the Alfresco Professional Network will receive the Alfresco Enterprise Network product capabilities free of charge. The Professional and Enterprise Network’s are available for download at , http://www.alfresco.org
Exalead, a provider of search software announced the availability of its unified search technology platform, exalead one:search, for American businesses. The exalead one:search platform serves as the foundation for Exalead’s portfolio of integrated search products, from desktop to enterprise and the Web. Additionally, Exalead announced the general availability of exalead one:desktop professional edition, the first software solution from the exalead one:search family of products. Coinciding with its entry into the United States market, Exalead is launching version 4.0 of the exalead one:search platform. Its design takes advantage of 64-bit processor architectures and offers a range of advanced search capabilities and navigational tools. A wide range of connectors are available for most industry standard information databases, including SQL, Lotus Notes and Documentum. The software supports a wide range of document files and formats, including multimedia files, e-mail (Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Notes), Adobe PDF, in addition to database applications through the Professional Edition. The exalead one:desktop software is the first available product based on the exalead one:search platform 4.0 and is available for download. The exalead one:workgroup, exalead one:enterprise and exalead one:datacenter products are scheduled for general availability later this year.