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IBM and Yahoo are teaming up to offer a free data-search tool for businesses, a quirky move challenging Google and other corporate-search specialists in a blossoming market.
IBM already sells a business-focused search product, OmniFind, that lets organizations comb through internal documents. This free new edition of OmniFind will be limited in the number of documents it can query, but it will combine the results with Web searches powered by Yahoo.
IBM hopes the service, being announced Wednesday, bolsters its overall efforts to improve its dealings with small companies.
IBM and Yahoo Team Up In Corporate Search [news.com.com]
The only downside I see so far is the Hardware Requirements.
1GB of RAM
80GB of Disk Space
2 Processors at 3 GHz
2GB of RAM
250GB Mirrored Hard Drives
The Mini, which seems to the the market they are going after, is much less and works just fine.
Seems to be a good move for IBM/Yahoo.
Support costs is also a downside. $2000/year per server. I think that cost is per server. Not a great deal for the corporate world.
I am curious to know what else you expect for a FREE product? Half a million pages for zero. google mini costs 9000 for 300,000 pages and its annual suppoort costs 995.
Now, if they only enabled console / silent installations, I might just be able to try it on a production server.
The $2-3K for the enterprise edition seems like a small fee when you take into account how many customers are lost on small / medium ecommerce stores because of bad or inadequate search functions.