Last week, Google released version 6.10 of the software to their Google Search Appliance (GSA).
This is a minor update and the focus at the Google teams has been bug fixes and increased stability. Looking at the release notes, there’s indeed plenty of bugs that has been solved.
However, there are also some new features in this release. Some of the more interesting, in my opinion, are:
Multiple front-end configuration for Dynamic Navigation
Since the 6.8 release, the GSA has been able to provde facets, or Dynamic Navigation as Google calls it. However the facets has been global so you couldn’t have two front ends with different facets. This is now possible.
More feeds statistics and Adjust PageRank in feeds
More statistics of what’s happening with feeds you push into the GSA is a very welcome feature. The possibility to adjus PageRank allows for some more control over relevancy in feeds.
Indexing Crawl time kerberos support and Indexing large files
Google is working hard on security and every release since 6.0 has included some security improvements. Nice to see that it continues. Since beginning, the GSA has simply dropped files bigger than 30 MB. Now it will index larger (you can configure how large), but still only the first 2.5 MB of the content will be indexed.
Stopword lists for differented languages
Scalability Centralized configuration
For a multi-node GSA setup, you can now specify the configuration on the master and it’s propagated to the slaves
For a complete list of new features, see the New and Changed Features page in the documentation