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AltaVista Enterprise Search

Warning: this product seems to be discontinued

June 17, 2003 FAST buys AltaVista Enterprise Search Business

FAST (Fast Search and Transfer) has purchased the AltaVista Enterprise Search business from Overture, which will retain the Web portal search engine. This move is eerily reminiscent of the breakup of Inktomi, with the Web portal search engine purchased by Yahoo! and the enterprise search engine (Ultraseek) by Verity, and the recent sale of the FAST web portal AllTheWeb to Overture. However in this case, the AltaVista Enterprise Search Engine will be supported but not developed further, and customers will be encouraged to move to the Fast Enterprise Search platform.

February 18, 2003: Overture Buys AltaVista Corporation

AltaVista, a pioneering web search engine, is being acquired by Overture, which provides pay-for-performance search services on public web sites for $140 million in cash and stock. While there is no public statement on future directions for the AltaVista Enterprise Search products, the company has indicated that it will continue to support current customers.

Platforms: Windows NT, Windows 2000, Tru64 UNIX, HP/UX, Solaris, Linux, and AIX (SDK only)
  Enterprise: based either on the number of documents indexed or the number of users, ranging from $30,000 to more than $500,000.
  Desktop: $25-$30 per user


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