Google has announced new features for the Google Search Appliance designed to give enterprise customers the ability to customize search results for their individual corporate environments. The Google Search Appliance also offers improved integration with Google services as well as additional content sources.
New features include: results hit clustering, which are groups of dynamically formed sub-categories based on the results of each search query. These clusters appear at the top of search results and can help searchers refine their queries from possible ambiguous terms. Administrators can customize the location and appearance of Results Hit Clustering within search results; and source biasing is designed to enable administrators to assign various weights to search results on their corporate network, based on source or type of content. A menu-driven interface allows weak or strong increases or decreases, and requires no complex coding or scripting.
The new version of the Google Search Appliance also adds improved integration with Google Sitemaps export (for simpler export of information about web pages available for crawling), as well as open source connectors for indexing content in SharePoint 2003 and SharePoint 2007.