Google launches search tool to help firms retrieve data in Kenya

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Google has launched a tool that will help companies search for information stored in their computers for a fee as the tech giant seeks to diversify its revenues away from advertising.

The Google Search Appliance (GSA) is a mounted device, providing document indexing service that enables firms retrieve information stored in different locations such as desktops, intranets or archive servers.

Users will pay between Sh4.3 million ($50,000) and Sh5.2 million ($60,000) for the device and a three-year subscription fees depending on the size of an organisation and the amount of data on its networks.

This is one of the few products that Google will be selling in Kenya where it has relied on advertising revenues from commercial items posted on its sites.

While it has been easy to search for information online through the Google search engine, corporates are finding it difficult to retrieve data and information stored in their internal systems and not in the web, a gap that Google intends to plug with GSA.

Google has been offering the service in the developed markets where it was launched in 2008 and in the Middle East. Kenya is the first market to have the device in Africa and Google plans to introduce to other markets.

Kenya has been the headquarters of Googleís sub-Saharan business covering operations in Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda.

In Kenya, Google has partnered with e-momentum to integrate the solution to organisationsí networks and offer support maintenance service.