Oracle (Quote) is hoping to become more relevant in the
enterprise search space thanks to enhancements to its stand-alone search
Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g, announced in March 2006, features support for searching Oracle data sources such as the Oracle Database and Oracle Portal, Oracle Content Database and Oracle Applications.
The new release of Oracle Secure Enterprise Search also offers support for
non-Oracle information sources such as EMC (Quote) Documentum
Content Server DocBases, FileNet Content Engine object stores, IBM
Lotus Notes databases, Microsoft
Exchange and Sharepoint servers, and Open Text
Livelink, among others.
Oracle has also made it easy for IT administrators to implement the
application based on user permissions and directory settings, so that users
can have access to only those data sources to which they already have
Greg Crider, Oracle’s senior director of product marketing, said ease of use was key. “One of the biggest stumbling blocks for the deployment of enterprise search
is implementation,” Crider told internetnews.com.
Security was another strategic focus. The federation feature allows various instances of the search application to run on separate servers. This means that one server with the search application can make a request to another, protected, server that can run the requested query without being exposed to the server making the original query.
“You can put the search server behind more layers of security,” he said.
Oracle is in a crowded field that includes IBM, FAST, Autonomy, Endeca and
Crider argued that Oracle’s product is better than its competitors at
searching enterprise applications because it is intimately familiar with
“We’re not just doing a call and doing some random associations. We can
bring people into the actual screen and show the information in the proper
context,” he said. This is especially true when the application is searching an Oracle content repository.
But Oracle has also made efforts to integrate with other vendors and to
facilitate third party development of secure connectors to other proprietary
“No one provider is going to understand every data source that’s out there,”
Crider said. The company’s secure search initiative allows them to “create connectors
that not only search those sources but also leverage the security features
[inherent in the Oracle product],” he said.
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