Oracle joins search

Oracle has taken the plunge into the search market, with the launch of a product designed to sift through corporate networks and find information from a range of sources.

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By  Peter Branton Published  March 12, 2006

Oracle has taken the plunge into the search market, with the launch of a product designed to sift through corporate networks and find information from a range of sources. Larry Ellison, Oracle’s CEO, described Oracle Secure Search 10g as “one of our biggest products in years” when he launch- ed it at the firm’s OpenWorld event in Tokyo, Japan, this month. The product will search through databases, e-mail systems, corporate portals and other data sources within a company. Searches are designed to be done according to an employee’s job function and access levels, ensuring that companies can meet compliance laws over who can access certain types of information. The search arena is becoming increasingly competitive, with firms such as Microsoft and IBM looking at this sector, and Google launching an enterprise version of its Desktop Search product. However, analyst firm Gartner last month expressed concerns over privacy with the Google product, as it may allow other users to access files without authorisation. “What Google does not do well is search private data,” Ellison claimed. “It searches public data very well, the World Wide Web. But most of what we deal with is not public data, its private data, personal data,” he said.

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