Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th May 2010 21:37 UTC
Google Looking at the past few week of Google news, you'll be forgiven for thinking Google doesn't do anything else beyond making Android. While there's sexier stuff going on within Google, the company is also still trying to improve its core user service: search. They've launched encrypted search today, and it will be rolled out across the world in the coming days.
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Google needs intranet servers
by Yamin on Tue 25th May 2010 22:01 UTC
Yamin
Member since:
2006-01-10

I love all the stuff coming from Google. I just can't believe they haven't released a box we can deploy within companies.

Would I love to use Google Chart API for internal charting? Absolutely! Would I risk sending all our corporate date to Google over the web... Nope.

Just like they have a Google search appliance, they need a Google X appliance ;) They make great products. They just need to get them out to customers in a box ;)

I know Google is 'not evil', but I'm interested in keeping our corporate data away FROM GOOGLE. I'm not too concerned with my web search being tapped by someone.

I know its a deployment headache and you have to deal with upgrades... but it's the only way into many corporate environments.

Edited 2010-05-25 22:02 UTC

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robojerk Member since:
2006-01-10

Google Office Appliance
Email
Calendar
Docs + Search

If such an appliance existed, and all info stayed within the organization (intranet) I could imagine it would peek a lot of interest.

Edited 2010-05-25 23:00 UTC

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Already exists for years now:

http://www.google.com/enterprise/search/gsa.html

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I've been thinking the same. Google apps running off my own hardware and limited to my own network; fantastic. I'd love to point Analytics code at my own back end service even. Provided apps are not built for a specific browser (say.. IE) then it should actually free up much of your upgrade grief. Upgrade the server and software; new version waiting for user browsers in the morning.

Storing my data in a hosting service from a third party; remains a hell no.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I have no problem putting my data at a hosting facility I just want to be the owner of the server hardware and known who has access to the hardware. :-)

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mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

I know Google is 'not evil'


Corporations cannot by definition be evil, but people can, and there are any number of people within Google and even external to Google who have access to the data Google collects. This should be a major concern for everyone - it's not about doing anything illegal, it's about our privacy and our right to determine whether we want to be targeted by their advertising based on searches we do.

Just as web indexing should only be allowed on sites that specifically allow it rather than having to specify directives that disallow it (which they really don't have to honour anyway), collection of data from searches should only be allowed if specifically permitted by the user. Give the user the choice the first time they perform a search in that session and set a session cookie so that there's no server side tracking required. It would be a very simple thing to implement if Google really cared about privacy.

Alas it will never happen because like any corporation, Google is about making money, and openness of this type would impact their business model.

Edited 2010-05-25 23:10 UTC

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robojerk Member since:
2006-01-10

Alas it will never happen because like any corporation, Google is about making money, and openness of this type would impact their business model.


I could see it actually helping Google. The reason why Outlook is so popular is because so many people have to use it at work so they already know how to use it, and are comfortable with it. This will also get people used to the idea of working with documents on the web/network so Google Docs and even Office Live will have to compete to get better and better.

The only difference will be one is hosted by your company and the other is from Google or even Microsoft if you're using Office Live.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Corporations cannot by definition be evil

To the contrary, corporations are evil by their very nature, since they are deeply immoral.
Moral = If anyone can do it the same way without something very bad happening, it's fine (Kant's definition)
Corporation = Making money, no matter how as long as you don't get caught.

As you said...
Alas it will never happen because like any corporation, Google is about making money, and openness of this type would impact their business model.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Already exists for years now:

http://www.google.com/enterprise/search/gsa.html

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Yamin Member since:
2006-01-10

"Just like they have a Google search appliance, they need a Google X appliance"


we know they have a search appliance. They need appliances for everything thing else they produce.

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