Oracle plans to launch an intranet search engine suite for the corporate marketplace by the end of the year.
The suite, which is as yet unnamed, will be based on ConText, the database supplier?s English-language-based text search engine, which indexes and summarises information, so users can retrieve it thematically.
Also included in the bundle will be an Oracle 8.0 database licence and version 3.0 of the company?s Web application server, which will all come on a single-install CD-ROM.
Mark Jarvis, Oracle?s vice president of server technologies, said: ?You could apply this technology to the Internet, but there are plenty of search engines around already and not many people want to index the Net because there?s too much junk up there. There?s also lots more money in intranets, especially if you understand the corporate market, and probably the most interest there too.?
A cut down version of ConText, which gives users the ability to index their intranet data, will initially be given away on a trial basis to try and seed the market.
But customers will need to buy the full offering, which will act as a crawler in the intranet site, to drill down into and retrieve their corporate information.
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