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The Web Data Dilemma

You've sorted out your back-end storage, but what about your Web data?

Other vendors are also jostling for position in the search space. Earlier this month IBM and Yahoo, for example, introduced free software which they claim will let IT managers quickly find Web-based data. OmniFind Yahoo! uses the open source Lucene indexing library and represents both vendors' first step into a growing market.

There are other suppliers on this bandwagon. Cleveland-based Thunderstone, which recently upgraded the features on its own search appliances, is also preaching a data classification gospel. Thunderstone is pushing Google on pricing and has put its $10,000 APP250 device up against Google's $30,000 GB-1001 model OneBox. (See Thunderstone App Gets New Features.)

According to Thunderstone,, the Associated Press, Corbis, eBay, GE, and QVC are using the vendor to classify Intranet data.

Although Google, which can handle 500,000 documents on its GB-1001, has a capacity edge over the APP250, which handles around 250,000 docs, it is good to see competition. Long-term, this can only spell good news for users.

Firms should also expect to see these devices merge with other storage offerings during the coming months amidst growing synergies between search engines and data classifiers. (See Classifiers Grab Search Partners.) Kazeon, Mathon, and StoredIQ, for example, have all paid their $10,000 to join Google's program for integrating its Intranet search appliances with other vendors' wares. (See Content Classifiers Glom Onto Google and Silicon Joins With Google.)

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