By Timo Selvaraj
During Google’s spring cleaning this year, Google Mini was swept into oblivion. The service presented a low-cost search engine setup for small and medium-sized businesses that allowed businesses to search and index up to 300,000 documents. SearchBlox offers a viable alternative to the now discontinued Google service. Even prior to Google’s decision to end the service, many businesses using the Google appliance were migrating to SearchBlox.
Prior to the demise of Google Mini, which had 25,000 installations, many SMBs were already looking to SearchBlox as an alternative to the Google appliance since SearchBlox compares very well in terms of both price and features.
• SearchBlox – US$5,000 per server with unlimited documents.
• Google Mini – Price per server; 50k docs = $2,990; 100k docs $3,990; 200k docs = $6,990; 300k docs = $9,990. 300,000 docs is the limit.
• SearchBlox – Included with license cost.
• Google Mini – Two years of support is included in the appliance price, but an additional appliance needs to be purchased after 2 years.
• SearchBlox – Open standards are based on Apache Lucene.
• Google Mini – None
• SearchBlox – Relevance ranking, sort by date, sort by alphabetical order, all fields sorted by ascending or descending order, query terms highlighted, dynamic summaries, highlighting PDF hits, and promoting specific pages in search results.
• Google Mini – Relevance ranking, sort by date, only date field is sorted by ascending and descending order, query terms highlighted, dynamic summaries, and promoting specific pages in search results.
• SearchBlox – Crawl third party websites, index multiple files types (including HTML, PDF and Office), 37 languages supported, filter by file types, meta tags, and websites, crawl password protected content, form-based authentication, duplicate removal, and proxy server support.
• Google Mini – Index multiple files types (including HTML, PDF and Office), 28 languages supported, filter by file types, meta tags, and websites, crawl password protected content, and proxy server support.
• SearchBlox – Web-based admin console, remote management, multiple collections, add/delete/update specific URLs in real-time, search results XSLT customization, web-based reports, and full replication/mirroring.
• Google Mini – Web-based admin console, remote management, multiple collections, search results XSLT customization, and web-based reports.
• SearchBlox – XML/JSON Search results output and Indexing API.
• Google Mini – XML Search results output only.
• SearchBlox – Spelling suggestions, streaming, enable/disable streaming, customize stop words, wildcards support, concept search (clustering), search across collections, and advanced search.
• Google Mini – Spelling suggestions, search across collections, and advanced search.
SearchBlox vs. Solr
SearchBlox is built on top of Apache Lucene/Solr. The new 7.0 version increases search options and eliminates the hassle of managing scales and a schema horizontally without external software or manual configuration. SearchBlox also eliminates the need to specify dynamic faceting of fields through a config or script.
See for yourself why SearchBlox stands out from the now-defunct Google Mini and Apache Solr open source enterprise search. Find out more today.
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