Three months after the launch of its its supercomputer-scale hosted data mining service, startup 80legs has made a limited version of it available without charge.
The company will continue to charge for higher levels of the service.
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Aimed at researchers, students, startups and small companies, the free offering lets users search and analyze up to 100,000 Web pages per job, the company said in a press release last week. Users may have one job, which the company says is more sophisticated than a typical Google keyword search, running at a time.
Companies with more serious searching needs can tap the full power of 80legs' 50,000-node grid, which can find and analyze millions of Web pages in minutes.
A new intermediate plan will cost $99 per month (plus crawling fees of $2 per million pages and $0.03 per CPU-hour used) and let users search up to a million pages per job.
80legs also has a premium plan that starts at $299 per month.
80legs counts Amazon Web Services as its main competitor.