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What Is Federated Search?

by Naresh Sarwan on April 7, 2010

EI Watch’s Theresa Regli sheds light on how federated search works and how this search technology differs from enterprise search models.

“A question often asked by people learning about search technology is, “what’s the difference between enterprise and federated search?” It is not the simplest question to answer, and in my travels I have found that the many various definitions of these terms typically don’t help in explaining the difference. And that’s because the difference is very subtle indeed.  At the core, both enterprise and federated search are about accessing, indexing, and querying diverse and dispersed repositories. Enterprise search is very specifically about searching within the enterprise, which may include an externally-facing web site or extranet(s).” [Read More]

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