Google Search Appliance supported until 2019
Last Thursday, Google announced the winding down of sales of the current Google Search Appliance (GSA) to customers and partners. Support for the current hardware platform continues through 2019. Migration from the GSA is to Google’s next generation cloud platform. This cloud platform is currently in closed beta. This beta should be ready for customers by the time customers would fall into their normal renewal cycle.
A little History
The GSA launched in 2002. Google designed it for companies that wanted Google relevancy when searching internal websites. The GSA growth in complexity has provided capabilities that the original appliance could only dream of. These feature upgrades landing the GSA on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant in 2014. Throughout its growth, the GSA has offered core relevancy as a pillar design principle.
Our story with the GSA began in 2005 when Google approached MC+A to join its soon to launch Google Enterprise Partner program. This early partnership (we were the first) saw us build the first SharePoint Connector for the GSA.
In our 10+ years working with enterprise search and Google, many things have changed. Cloud computing has emerged taking a leading role in how companies work. Consumerization of IT and IT solutions has revolutionized the workplace. Google’s announcement reflects these changes.
As technology moves at an ever faster pace, it’s time for the obvious next step.
Customers will be glad to know that:
- Google will continue to issue bug fixes, security updates and technical support as long as customer’s license agreements are valid
- Some license agreements are valid through 2019
Things to keep in mind:
- Google will continue to sell one-year license renewals for existing GSA customers through 2017
- Google will be unable to sell new hardware
- Renewals will end in 2018
We’re ready for what’s next to come:
- MC+A will be working with the Google Product team to ensure our products are tightly integrated with the next generation of product
- MC+A will work with the Google Deployment team to develop migration strategies
- MC+A does offer other migration and deployment of other search technologies
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Please contact MC+A with any questions you may have. We are excited for what is to come.