FAST Launches Enterprise Search Platform
In it first major release since selling its Web search business, FAST builds five function-specific search applications that can sit on top of its core search engine platform.FAST Search & Transfer ASA on Tuesday launched a platform approach toward enterprise search. The Oslo, Norway-based company announced the FAST Enterprise Search Platform, or ESP, which is aimed at providing a search engine that cuts across an entire enterprise and can search both structured information from databases and unstructured information from e-mails, documents and the Web, the company said. FAST ESP is the underlying search technology on which enterprises can build search applications and deploy one or a series of five function-specific search applications that FAST also unveiled. These applications are FAST Data Search for Site Search, FAST Data Search for eCommerce, FAST Data Search for Intranets, FAST Data Search for Compliance and Fast Data Search 360, the full package of applications.
John Rueter, FASTs vice president of global marketing, said that the platform approach is FASTs response to the growing importance of search within an enterprise and the need to use a common search technology across departments and functions.