Search giant Google is expected to soon
start selling its enterprise search appliance products in
Australia, at least four years after early versions went on sale
"Please join Google and partners for this media-only briefing
as we launch business solutions for enterprise search," the
company said in an e-mail inviting press to a media briefing on
Internationally, the company has several products targeted at
the enterprise market, ranging from the small business-targeted
Google Mini to the high-end Google Search Appliance.
These products bring Google's famously simple search ethos
into the vast array of information found on enterprise networks.
But they have not historically been available in Australia. The earliest press statement relating to the products on Google's Web site is dated June 17, 2002.
Google's Web site says its Search Appliance solution can
"search up to 15 million documents ... Search across information
from Cognos, Oracle, SAS, Salesforce.com -- and many more."
Although the company's enterprise focus has historically been
in the search appliance area, where it has played since the
opening years of this decade, it also markets enterprise-level
versions of its Google Earth, Maps, Desktop and Toolbar
The Google Mini and Search Appliance solutions sell for
US$1,995 and US$30,000 respectively.