Lookeen as a Google Search Appliance Alternative

The Google Search Appliance (GSA) is the most well-known enterprise search solution. Google’s server hardware is delivered in addition to the software. The appliance is therefore configured by Google for the customer, because the system is very complex. If problems occur, they cannot be solved without the help of an expert. Next to the license period of two to three years, the number of documents to be indexed is crucial for the licensing price. Those who reach the index limit can either buy an upgrade or re-sort the index. Depending on the appliance mode, it may be that a hardware replacement is necessary for the upgrade. If you’re looking for an alternative to the Google Search Appliance, have a look at this comparison chart:

Google Search Appliance Lookeen
Advanced search
Exact phrase search
Proximity search
MS Exchange support
Range search
IMAP search
PST search
Public Folders search
Edit in Preview
MS Outlook Integration
Desktop toolbar
Citrix and VMware compatible
Save searches
Search history
GPO compliant
Post search actions
Platform Server PC
Version Number 7.2
Software Requirements GSA Windows Vista or later
Multilingual Multilingual German, English

Google Search Appliance Pros

  • Cloud indexing
  • Gmail indexing
  • Sharepoint search
  • Lotus Notes

Google Search Appliance Cons

  • Server only
  • No Exchange support
  • It’s Google

Lookeen Advantages

  • PST search
  • Outlook integration
  • Public folders
  • Edit in preview

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