Google on Monday added new cloud functionality to its Google Search Appliance that lets users search content stored both on-site and in the cloud.
Launched in 2006, Google's Search Appliance is the search giant's rack-mount server for businesses that want to add Google's search capabilities to their corporate networks through internal search.
The new feature to the Google Search Appliance called Cloud Connect displays relevant, personalized results from Google Docs and Google Slides alongside results from more traditional repositories like file shares and content management systems.
Google said the addition of Cloud Connect allows easier access to collaborative documents, spreadsheets, presentations and sites. It also lets users search content from Twitter, as well as blogs and industry web sites via Google Site Search.
"[T]he Cloud Connect feature brings 'universal search' to a new level, with more accessible business systems and content now spanning from cloud to ground," wrote Google Enterprise Search Group Product Manager Rajat Mukherjee in a post on Google's Enterprise Blog.
The move to add cloud searching capabilities to the Google Search Appliance comes as more information and data is shifted to the cloud. According to Google, its Google Apps cloud collaboration and communication suite is now used by more than 3 million businesses. "Cloud Connect for the Google Search Appliance lets workers search across both on-premise and cloud-based content from a single search box, delivering more comprehensive results and improving productivity," Mukherjee wrote.
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