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IBM Signs Site Search Agreement with Fast Search & Transfer

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST; http://www.fastsearch.com) has announced that it has successfully deployed FAST Site Search on ibm.com, the online presence and e-commerce site of IBM, Inc. Based on the same core technology that powers the comprehensive search engine, FAST's AllTheWeb.com, FAST Site Search fully indexes the enormous number of pages on ibm.com, reportedly giving users more accurate results to their online queries.

Under an agreement signed between the two companies, IBM will license FAST Site Search and will be coupling FAST's product with IBM-developed technology to provide rapid, intelligent access to the more than 14,000 products and 1 million pages on ibm.com. FAST hosts and manages the ibm.com index at FAST's data center, refreshing content twice weekly to ensure delivery of fresh and accurate information on demand to ibm.com users worldwide.

According to the announcement, the unique linear scalability of FAST's search technology allows ibm.com to manage the rapid growth in the volume of its corporate and product data as well as the number of ibm.com users. FAST's proprietary algorithms ensure that users can quickly find exactly what they are seeking, regardless of query volumes.

Source: Fast Search & Transfer



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