I have been tasked with finding an alternate solution to the Google Mini search appliance. Here is the scenario:
24 employee's use a central file server to share all of the Word, Excel PDF documents etc.... There are over 500,000 files and growing.... its taken 4 years to generate the 500,000 files.
Currently they are using Google Desktop Client on each computer to search and index the server but it cant keep up with shear number of files and changes that happen to the server on each day.
They need some sort of dedicated server / search appliance that will index their file server and allow them to quickly locate documents. We need the same sort of functionality that comes with the Google Mini - but there is no budget to pay the kind of money Google wants for their appliance that can index 500,000 files.
Is there some sort of open source solution that would provide them the same features as the Google Mini, or do any Experts have another / alternate solution to this problem?