Set up Cloud Search for third-party repositories

This feature is available with Cloud Search Platform or the G Suite Enterprise edition.

As an administrator, you can let your organization search across third-party repositories, such as databases or file systems. Work with a developer to integrate these repositories with Google Cloud Search.

To start setting up Cloud Search for third-party integration, see the steps below.

Before you begin

  1. Create user accounts
    Each person in your organization who will be using Cloud Search needs their own account to sign in.
  2. Assign licenses to your users
    Each person in your organization who will be using Cloud Search needs their own license. To search third-party repositories, users need a Cloud Search Platform or G Suite Enterprise license.
    Tip: From the Admin console Home page, go to Billing. Next to the subscription, click Actions and then Manage Licenses.

Basic setup

  1. Work with a developer to choose a connector
    To search content from a third-party repository, you need a connector that uses Google APIs to integrate the data with Cloud Search. Learn about connectors and what’s involved in choosing a solution at the Cloud Search developers' website.
  2. Add a data source to search
    To store the index for a third-party repository, add a data source in Cloud Search.
  3. Map user identities
    To map third-party usernames to Google Accounts, create an identity source.
  4. Create a custom search experience

    To tailor the search experience for the business needs of your organization, create custom search applications.