IBM links enterprise search with Google desktop tool

IBM and Google have partnered to link Google's desktop search tool with an IBM enterprise search system.

IBM has made available for free a plug-in that integrates its WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition enterprise search system with Google's enterprise desktop search tool.

By linking the IBM enterprise search system with Google's PC search tool, users will be able to search for information not only on corporate repositories, such as databases, content management systems, applications and the open Web, but also on their desktops, IBM said in a statement Friday.

Among the documents the free Google Desktop for Enterprise can index and make searchable on users' PCs are the full text of e-mail, files, viewed Web pages and chats.

For example, it can index e-mail from Microsoft's Outlook and Outlook Express, IBM's Lotus Notes, America Online's Netscape Mail and The Mozilla Foundation's Mozilla Mail and Thunderbird, according to information on Google's Web site.

The Google product is free, but organizations can choose to buy what Google calls "premium support" for it for a fee of US$20,000 per two years for an unlimited number of users.

Google Desktop for Enterprise is derived from a similar tool for consumers, but the enterprise version has installation, distribution, management and security features for IT departments to use when rolling out and configuring the product for their users.

Google Desktop for Enterprise can be downloaded for free from

The IBM WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition Plug-In for Google Desktop for Enterprise can be downloaded for free from

The move by the vendors is an example of "coopetition" because Google makes enterprise-search systems called Google Search Appliance and Google Mini that compete in the enterprise-search market. When coupled with Google Desktop for Enterprise, the Google Search Appliance extends users' ability to search for information on corporate repositories and the Web down to their PCs.

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