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Google has finally brought the Google Mini search appliance to the UK. For web sites of up to 100,000 documents this is the most remarkable value.

£1995 buys you a rack mountable server and the ability to generate search results on your web site in XML format so you can present them any way you like. It will also allow you to run the equivalent of sponsored links, i.e. pages that wouldn’t feature in the relevance ranking, but that you want to promote in association with a particular search. And a synonym function enables you to associate product groups.

For anyone that has ever wrestled with developing search code across web pages and databases, knows that this job has just become redundant. For the equivalent of 2 or 3 days worth of developer time from a typical agency, you get, out of the box, the power of Google; I consider this irresistible!

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