Exalead, a provider of search software for business and the web, has announced the infusion of $15.6 million by Qualis SCA. Qualis, a long-time investor in Exalead, becomes its majority shareholder. The capital will be used to support international expansion and continued development of its new web search engine. In addition, it is designed to allow Exalead to open new subsidiaries in Europe.
Exalead has also announced the general availability of the newest version of its enterprise search software, exalead one:enterprise, designed to provide users with access to content and data--both structured and unstructured--regardless of format or location. exalead one:enterprise 4.5 offers a new user interface with greater search refinement options, improved performance for both 64-bit and 32-bit system environments, expanded language and file format support, as well as new management tools for administrators.
Features of this version include: the ability for customers to select from three user interfaces (UI) to meet the needs of employees: the UI available in exalead one:enterprise 4.0; the new, streamlined UI found on Exalead's web search engine for business-related searches inside the firewall; and, a white label version for organizations hoping to customize the look and feel from top to bottom; a more streamlined UI design than prior versions, but continues to provide Exalead's Search by Serendipity navigation technology and advanced features like phonetic, fuzzy matching, approximate search, word-stemming, thumbnail image previews, search term highlighting and spelling correction; compatibility for most major operating systems, including Windows, Linux, Solaris and UNIX, exalead one:enterprise 4.5 adds support for IBM AIX versions 5.2 and higher; expanded language support for Dutch; support for more than 320 file formats, including native support for Microsoft Office 2007; an updated connector for Microsoft Exchange; the availability of new CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) templates; and new exalead one:search APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) available so that administrators can add custom capabilities using the XSL (eXtensible Style Language) open standard.