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Google's Mini

Posted in SharePoint | General at Tuesday, February 15, 2005 4:11 AM Pacific Standard Time

Just ran across this today: the Google Mini.

Meet the Google Mini. Designed to help small and medium-sized businesses make the most of their digital assets, the Mini is a hardware and software search appliance that delivers the power and productivity of Google search across your organization’s documents and websites.

The Google Mini:

  • Indexes and searches up to 50,000 documents.
  • Works with over 220 different file formats, including HTML, PDF and Microsoft Office.
  • Can be set up in under an hour and requires minimal ongoing administration.
  • Costs $4,995 for all hardware and software, including a year of support and hardware replacement coverage.

The Google Mini 

This has some interesting implications for SharePoint. While it isn't as feature rich as SharePoint, it is definately a competitor in the information aggregation space.

Update: Sahil Malik  asks how this relates to SharePoint. Perhaps I should have clarified and said SharePoint Portal Server. In order to see the relation take a look at Microsoft's Top 10 Benefits of SharePoint Portal Server 2003.

Find and reuse timely and relevant information from systems and reports, and quickly locate and access documents, projects, and best practices by searching or browsing—all through the portal.


The industry-leading search technology in SharePoint Portal Server 2003 enables you to locate files, project plans, and best practices in file shares, Web sites, Microsoft Exchange Public Folders, Lotus Notes, Windows SharePoint Services sites, and databases instead of re-creating the wheel.

Now I'm not saying that the Google Mini is a direct competitor to SharePoint since SP offers much more than search. However, when it comes to information aggregation the Google Mini is clearly a competitor. I've no idea if it can search Lotus Notes or Exchange, but you could probably figure out a way to make it work.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 4:18:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Sharepoint IMO is hardly hardly hardly a search engine like google or it's competitors are. I don't see how this even borders with Sharepoint. Perhaps you could elaborate.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 3:02:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hmmm ... Well thought but I DONT *personally* feel Google's Mini will ever pose a threat as a competitor. Yes, may be on the searching capability alone. That too, "May be".
<br>SP is more of a complete product. And searching is just one of the feature. The portal capability of this product is much superior when compare to just a single feature comparision.
<br>I love to see the scripting capability, aggregation of data capability, giving a personal look and feel capability, document storing capability, easy deployment capability and many more (i am not a SP expert :) ... AFAIK, these are some of the USP for SP).
<br>Just my random thoughts :) ... Found this topic interesting, so posted ...
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 6:23:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
<br>I've blogged about this a little while ago. I think this might be a competitor for Sharepoint search when indexing and searching external websites, for example MCMS sites. Martin Muldoon made an interesting point why this isn't a good alternative for indexing corporate intranet sites.
<br><a target="_new" href="http://blogs.tamtam.nl/mart/CommentView,guid,3a9a502f-bec0-4f2d-8049-52fd61706967.aspx">http://blogs.tamtam.nl/mart/CommentView,guid,3a9a502f-bec0-4f2d-8049-52fd61706967.aspx</a>
<br>It might be interesting...
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