I love the idea of Google putting itself into a blue box and then being bought off the shelf for 5 grand. It’s smart, transforming thinking – though I hope they’re not overselling the ease with which you can install it. My experience is that search is always messy, time-consuming and difficult, which is why people often overlook it. Even Yahoo! was guilty of neglecting its search technology at the height of the dotcom boom, until Google came along and reminded everyone at Y! why they were there in the first place.
But Google is obviously making this messiness a lot less, well, messy.
The Google Mini is easy to install and even easier to maintain. You can usually install and configure the Google Mini in less than an hour.
The Google Mini fits easily into any standard data center rack. After setting it up in your data center, youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll connect it to your network with an Ethernet cable, provide basic network settings ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ for example, an IP address ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ and then configure and manage it through an intuitive web-based interface.
Because the Mini accesses content over your internal network, thereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s no need to connect it directly to a server and no limit on the number of servers it can crawl.
If that’s really true, it’s unbelievably cool and equally unbelievable disruptive, and Google will once again have put search at the centre of people’s Web efforts.