Vivisimo Crawls for the Enterprise

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-10-25 Print this article Print

The search startup targets SMBs by combining its clustering technology with a new enterprise crawler.

Search startup Vivisimo on Tuesday will unveil its latest foray into the enterprise search market, which combines clustering with meta-search and custom crawling. Pittsburgh-based Vivisimo Inc. is known for its clustering technology, which dynamically categorizes search results as an alternative to typical, link-based results. It uses the technology as the centerpiece of its recently launched Clusty consumer search site. Now, the company is expanding its search software with the launch of Vivisimo Velocity. Velocity provides Vivisimos Cluster Engine along with the ability to crawl as many as 1 million documents from a corporate intranet, file systems and Web sites, said Vivisimo co-founder and CEO Raul Valdes-Perez.
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The software suite also includes Vivisimos meta-search capabilities, so an enterprise can pull results from other internal or external search engines. "The reason we decided to design our own crawler is that we were seeing a lot of problems today," Valdes-Perez said. "One problem we were finding is that customers have to repurpose or recustomize their content to placate their search-engine product." For example, some enterprise search products might require users to transpose each individual entry of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to HTML in order for entries to be searchable. Velocity avoids such retrofitting through the use of customizable style sheets, Valdes-Perez said. The clustering engine also alleviates the need to create taxonomies and categories for various types of content within the enterprise because it determines categories on the fly for an individual search. Velocity isnt the first time Vivisimo has targeted the enterprise. It already was offering its clustering engine as an overlay on larger corporate search products, such as those from Verity Inc, Google Inc. and even enterprise software makers. Click here to read more about Googles growing enterprise ambitions. But Velocity marks its first enterprise crawler. It can crawl across popular documents types from Microsoft Office files to PDFs, and is targeted to small and midsized applications as a simpler and less expensive alternative to large, enterprisewide search indexes, Valdes-Perez said. Vivisimo Velocity will be available within the next 30 days, and pricing will start at $10,000 for a yearly license. Velocity is being built to run on the Linux operating system, though the company is considering porting it to other platforms in the future, Valdes-Perez said. Check out eWEEK.coms Enterprise Applications Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.

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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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