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12:15 pm on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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]

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very interesting.
has anyone found the download link?
7:20 pm on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I downloaded it here:

[omnifind.ibm.yahoo.net...]

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Just a quick additional note... This search tool is very easy to use! I installed it in about 5 minutes. Then ran the index crawler (another 10 minutes). Customized my search results page... (5 minutes). Very cool!

My only complaint so far, they don't seem to provide any "tags" to use in your pages to ignore various parts of content for search purposes... So I'm going to have to use javascript includes, which is probably a better practice anyway. But a pain none the less!

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thanks for the link.

The only downside I see so far is the Hardware Requirements.

Minimum Hardware
1 Processor
1GB of RAM
80GB of Disk Space

Recommended Hardware
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.

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GREAT!
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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.
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Nice...

Now I just need to find the time to get the best from it.

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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.

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Only point on the support cost was that it is not that great of an advantage over the G appliance, due to the higher support cost.
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So far, very impressed with the results it delivers on my test PC.

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.