Taking an unexpected jab right at Google's Enterprise Search Appliance
, IBM and Yahoo! have teamed up to launch IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition
, a free search solution that will index "up to 500,000 documents and over 200 file types in 30 different languages." OmniFind Yahoo! Edition will run on Linux (Red Hat Enterprise and SUSE Enterprise, to be specific), Windows XP, or Windows 2003 Server. The minimum requirements specify 1GB of RAM and 80GB of hard drive space, but the recommended specs call for dual 3Ghz processors, twice the RAM, and 250GB of mirrored disk space. Google's "Mini" search appliance, by contrast, starts out at $1,995 including hardware, and tops out at 300,000 documents for $8,995, and its more full-featured search appliance starts at $30,000.
Yahoo! and IBM tout the OmniFind system's ease of setup, ("Go from installer to searching in minutes"), so for organizations who can gather the hardware and install the software themselves and need to index fewer than half a million documents, Google's appliances' bang to buck ratio suddenly doesn't look very healthy.