User-Friendly SearchBy Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2008-04-04 Email 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.
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.