Gaviri Brings Indiana Jones to the Desktop

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Searching for long lost artifacts of data? Gaviri Technologies aims to unify searches across devices and data stores to make finding nuggets of information easy.

In the IT realm, we have all heard the word "unified" over and over again. There's unified communications, unified storage, unified management and so on, but the one area that can benefit the most from unification is search.

The complexity of today's applications, storage technologies and operating systems has left data scattered all around enterprises, large and small. Add to that the amount of information housed on the Web and it is easy to see how locating that important bit of information has become a lot harder than finding your misplaced car keys.

Sure, there are a lot of search technologies available today: Windows Vista offers search right from the start menu; Google offers a desktop application for searching. The list goes on and on. The big problem is that today's search technologies are a lot like potato chips—you can't have just one, at least until now.

Gaviri Technologies is looking to shake up the whole search world with Gaviri Universal SearchOS, an application that brings unified search to the desktop and across the enterprise. The key here is to note the "SearchOS" part of the product name, because the product does sort of work like its own little operating system.

Once installed, Universal SearchOS builds an index of all files, e-mails and any other data elements stored on the local PC. The product will search through zip files or other compressed file types, PST files, databases and so on. While the level of indexing is somewhat impressive, the capability to index the whole PC is a basic requirement for any search technology, but Universal SearchOS doesn't just stop with the desktop.

Universal SearchOS trumps the other search products with its ability to auto index any connected storage device, ranging from USB thumb drives, to SD Cards to remote shared folders to CDs. Simply put, if the PC can see the stored data, Gaviri Universal SearchOS will add it to the index.

For example, if a user has some documents stored on a USB thumb drive, once that drive is plugged into the Gaviri equipped system, all of the data will be added to the index. Users can then choose to use the volume name to identify the USB thumb drive, or give the device a unique name for indexing purposes. The same process can be used for any storage element including CDs, network shares and pretty much anything the user can access.

What's more, Universal SearchOS also includes the ability search Web sites. Users can work with some predefined Web site searches, such as ones for LinkedIn, Facebook, and MySpace, or users can create nested searches that include results from Google, MSN Search and Yahoo. Users also have the ability to create custom Web site searches.

In that case, a user will create a custom search using a wizard, which reaches out to the search engine on the target Web site. That way, any search initiated will include results from everything that has been indexed, along with any pertinent content found out on the included Web sites.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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