Chances are you've heard of AltaVista, Inc. in reference to the internet search site. If not, you can certainly find out about AltaVista, either by visiting the www.altavista.com site, checking out wikipedia, or even read the book AltaVista Search Revolution.
Chances are you haven't heard of the AltaVista enteprise group, a small business unit based out of Andover Ma. which productized the search technolog and created theAltaVista Search Engine V3 and later AV Enterprise Search V1 & V2 product lines. These products included a single node search engine application supporting crawling of Web, database, file systems, and email. However, the real power was the included SDK, which allowed 3rd party developers to integrate the AltaVista Search technology directly into their applications and services. This provided for a very tight, high performance, full text search ability. The SDK was used by many OEM and search centric customers.
Alas, AltaVista then parent company CMGi lacked the vision and ability on how to capitalize on the enterprise search market. Eventually the enterprise search group was sold off and product lines retired. Today AltaVista Enterprise Search products are no longer commercially available, though the technology may live on for quite a while in deployed applications.
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