The initial release of Google Desktop Search for the Enterprise cannot search networked drives, but it can index documents that users accessed from those drives, Glotzbach said. He said Google is considering supporting the search of networked drives in a future release. This could blur the lines between desktop search and Googles search appliances. "For private data or user home directories that just the user or a small group of users access, then it makes sense for desktop search," Glotzbach said. "When access to the network drive expands for larger groups of users, then it makes sense to rely on our search appliances." Read more here about Googles search appliances."What has attracted us to Google is the promise that with one single interface, you can search content in the inbox, chat transcripts, hard drives and content across the Internet," Bisconti said in Cambridge, Mass. "What weve witnessed in our customer base is that e-mail has evolved beyond messaging into a tool where you can manage your activities, store critical business communications, and help find, share and collaborate on the information you need to make critical business decisions," Bisconti said. Bisconti said there are other possibilities for integration between Google and IBM technologies, including with IBMs OmniFind search engine. "OmniFind is quite different from an end user-focused tool, but the two are complementaryOmniFind focuses across the enterprise, and Google focuses on personal information," Bisconti said. But he said IBM is not ready to announce any plans yet for such an integration. Bisconti said it is also too early to talk about integration of Google Desktop Search with Lotus Workplace files, but that too is a possibility down the road. "Certainly its a logical extension as the Workplace client technology becomes more prevalent, but the majority of our end users are using Notes 6.5 and above, so thats the first target," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise search technology.
Ken Bisconti, vice president for Lotus Workplace Portal and collaboration products at IBM, said Notes has supported full-text search of messages for the past six to eight years but cannot search documents outside of the NSF (Notes Storage File) format.