Vivísimo Velocity races ahead of the search pack
Souped-up Version 5 combines high speed with killer control
Federation is another area where Velocity shows usability and creativity. A few clicks from the administration interface bundled my internal search sources — so a single query contained relevant results from all my indexes. Furthermore, the software’s SOA allows you to just as easily federate searches from more than 60 external sources, such as the BBC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, and the National Library of Medicine — along with results from the popular consumer search engines, such as Google, MSN, Yahoo. It’s pretty easy to adjust the built-in setups — or to create your own — to include most other external sources, such as InfoWorld’s own Verity UltraSeek search.
On the flip side, Velocity returns all its data, including the clustering tree and search results, as an XML feed. This permits you to integrate search into existing applications.
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Conversely, the system will combine several URLs that cover a common thought into a single result — a virtual document — without any special document preprocessing. Even more significant is that Version 5 supports security at each of these content-block levels within a virtual document. That is, Vivísimo could create a virtual document about a product your enterprise produces — containing marketing literature, white paper information, and pricing. But because the pricing part is sensitive, that piece shows only in results presented to authorized managers.
Vivísimo didn’t fool with its successful clustering interface in this version, but I discovered a few improvements. Search results can be saved and exported as plain text, HTML, or RIS citations — used by products such as EndNote, ProCite, or Reference Manager. This helps users revisit searches and collaborate by sharing results. Additionally, results now include a preview button, which allows you to examine a Web page or document before opening it.
Vivísimo Velcoity 5 delivers what other search products generally lack: a pleasant experience, characteristic of consumer search, that’s supported by enterprise security and customization options. The system federates searches of structured and unstructured content, which are organized into clusters. Therefore, this retrieval platform is appropriate for any organization needing to understand large — and disparate — information repositories. And with the pressure on IT projects to deliver results, Velocity can be deployed rapidly.
Although enterprise search products such as exalead and Siderean continue to get better, Velocity edges ahead with its collection of excellent functionality and administration tools.