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Google launches new search applicance
Updated: 2004-06-03 08:48

Google Inc., the No.1 Web search company, unveiled Tuesday an upgraded version of its search appliance that companies, schools and governments use to sift through their own internal networks for information.

The new Google search appliance, which combines computer hardware with Google's search software, is able to store information on 1.5 million documents, about five times the capacity of the previous search appliance, said Dave Girouard, general manager of Google's enterprise business.

The new search appliance, which sells for prices starting at US$32,000, is also designed to find information five times faster than the previous version, which was introduced in February 2002.

"It is a smaller part of Google's business but an important one," Girouard said.

The bright yellow search appliance, which is designed to fit into the same racks that house networking equipment and computer servers that store, manage and direct data, is designed with the same search technology that powers Google's search engine.

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