Google Mini? Loser in the Search Appliance Game

July 3, 2012

Navigate to “Google Shutdowns Continue: iGoogle, Google Video, Google Mini & Others Are Killed.” Among the products and services “killed” is the Google Mini. That was the entry level Google Search Appliance. Our question: When will the Google Search Appliance walk the plank? Competitors point out with glee that it lacks some of the functionality of the next generation systems from vendors ranging from Attivio to Polyspot. The General Services Administration’s price list for the GSA 9009 takes my breath away. The write up asserts:

Note that Google isn’t exiting the enterprise by any means, it’s just that Mini’s functionality is now offered by other products like Google Search Appliance, Google Site Search and Google Commerce Search, the company blog post reminds us. Google will honor its existing contracts for Mini customers, though.

Doesn’t cloud based search make more sense as Google continues its push for cloud based services in the enterprise?

Stephen E Arnold, July 3, 2012

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