THUNDERSTONE INTRODUCES ADVANCED ACCESS CONTROLS FOR ENTERPRISE SEARCH
Cleveland, Ohio, April 25, 2005 -- Thunderstone Software has announced
a major step forward in the enterprise search market. It is the first
search appliance vendor to offer comprehensive administrative access
controls for distributed management.
The new capability extends Thunderstone's technical leadership in
turn-key search solutions. The breakthrough allows departmental
administrators to control their own subsets of a Thunderstone Search
Appliance enterprise index.
Thunderstone's innovation is conceptually simple, but underneath is an
advanced permissions management database. It enables a top-level
administrator to delegate Search Appliance control privileges to any
number of other managers. Each manager receives whole or partial
responsibility for one or more document indexes, and has access only to
those specific controls.
Security features are key to making distributed management possible.
Search Appliance sub-administrators cannot interfere with other
managers' indexes or settings. Controls are accessed from a secure web
"This is a major advance in the enterprise search space," said John
Turnbull, Thunderstone general manager. "Distributed management, with
its associated security, is crucial to many enterprise search
situations. Thunderstone is proud to be the first search appliance
vendor to offer administrative access controls."
Thunderstone's innovation solves a key problem in indexing across
multiple web sites or file servers: Typically, each department
administrator - not an enterprise level manager - knows which
departmental content should be included in the enterprise index.
Equally important, department administrators know which content should
be excluded for reasons of confidentiality or security. But until now,
they could not control the way an enterprise-level search appliance
crawled their documents.
Using the new features, the top Thunderstone Search Appliance
administrator may even give different controls to different
sub-administrators. Example controls are: document file types;
re-indexing schedule; category assignments; document
inclusion/exclusion; and many other settings.
Separate indexes may be searched alone or combined into one or more
"meta-searches." Thus there may be several different "views" of
enterprise content. In a typical scenario, there are different but
overlapping indexes for business partners, regular employees, and
"And unlike other search appliance vendors, Thunderstone allows
customers to index third-party information such as government or
industry web sites," said Turnbull. "This policy enables enterprises
to create unique targeted collections of web information for their
users or for competitive intelligence."
Many other features of the Thunderstone Search Appliance are intended
specifically for enterprise requirements. These include:
- Files system crawling. File servers may be indexed directly without
web server software.
- Document-level security. Search results are limited to only items
that each user has permission to read.
- Mirroring. Organizations may maintain an optional redundant system.
- Real-time indexing. Documents may be added to or removed from the
- Automatic scale-up. Larger document limits may be enabled by remote
software upgrade or by adding appliances as needed.
Thunderstone Search Appliances scale up to handle collections with
hundreds of millions of documents. The Appliances also provide
excellent value. Example acquisition cost is $15,000 for a version to
index 500,000 documents.
Thunderstone Software LLC is a pioneer of search engine technology,
providing text retrieval products to industry, government, and
educational institutions since 1981. Thunderstone's TEXIS
text-relational database technology powers the Search Appliances, or
may be licensed separately. The Appliances provide a "plug and play"
search solution for intra-nets and web sites; index most document
formats; and can be extensively customized by non-technical managers.
For more information, visit http://www.thunderstone.com or call +1
216-820-2200. U.S. government customers may purchase Search Appliances
through Thunderstone's GSA contract GS-35F-0914P.