User-Friendly Search

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Print this article Print

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.

Using the product is straightforward. Users are presented with a search field, which can use Boolean logic. There are basic search capabilities and advanced search capabilities. The advanced searches can be used to further filter results. For example, users can search by date ranges, file types, locations, descriptions, or by pretty much anything they can imagine.

Results are populated into a "found" list, and a preview pane is displayed next to the list. Most any data type can be displayed in the preview pane, including any Microsoft Office document, e-mail, image and many more items. The preview pane also offers an integrated media viewer, allowing users to view video and listen to audio content directly from the preview area. That eliminates the added step of having to launch the native application to figure out what exactly is included in the discovered data file.

For devices that are not currently connected, the product will display what was found in the index and then display where that information can be found. That feature comes in handy for the notebook user who is not always connected to a network share. Those users can still locate the data that they need and then determine if they need to connect to the remote device to retrieve the whole file.

Removable media can also be defined to store a copy of the local device's index. That way, if the device is plugged into another PC running Gaviri Universal SearchOS, it becomes instantly searchable.

There is a lot more to the product than just search and retrieval, users can also manage files with the product. Options such as batch rename, mass deletions, mass moves are readily available. Also worth noting is the product's ability to create PDF files directly from a search results window. That becomes a powerful tool for those looking to locate and e-mail a document, without sending a copy of the original off to the recipient.

Uses for the product range from the mundane to the exotic. For example, Universal SearchOS could be a powerful tool for the developing e-discovery market. That market is focused on locating information for legal or compliance purposes and companies have spent thousands on trying to address the whole e-discovery conundrum.

The product can also be used as a tool for archiving and managing data; administrators can locate files that have not been used in some time and then tag those files for offline storage, without the risk of losing track of those files. Those are just two examples of the benefits offered by Gaviri Universal Search, there are surely many more that just have not been imagined yet.

Currently, the product sells direct from Gaviri and the company is in the process of developing a channel-friendly partner plan. The product is priced according to version, number of users and basic versions are available for free from www.gaviri.com.

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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