Gaviri Brings Indiana Jones to the Desktop

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2008-04-04

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.

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.