Google Mini was a piece of hardware that looked like a rack server, and boasted of being able to search the contents of 220 file types, in-house, at Google Search speeds. It cost $5,000 to search 300,000 documents a year.
Recently, the company discontinued the hardware, as part of the new ceo's efforts at eliminating distracting projects. Not all Web pages, however, pertaining to Mini have been wiped from the Internet, yet: google.com/intl/en_uk/enterprise/mini.
Sam Abu-Hamdan is the president of search company alcove9, and he had this to say about Mini's demise:
Google’s withdrawal from this market is not surprising. Although they pioneered the ‘out of the box’ search appliance, the Google Mini still didn’t solve structured data access, which even small businesses have nowadays.
He noted that "the browser-based and embedded versions of the a9 Hub, Alcove9’s base module, have been designed to index and optimize search by going beyond naming conventions, metadata, and file attributes. This optimization allows the a9 Hub to return search queries in 2 seconds."
The purpose of his comments is to offer Alcove9 as a replacement for Google Mini. alcove9.com