How does pricing for the Google Mini search appliance compare with software-only options?
The cost of the Google Mini hardware is less than what you would probably pay for a new server to run a software-only search product. The Google Mini's support is also less expensive than the annual support cost of software-only products. Since we package everything together, and the Mini is so easy to set up and maintain, we are able to provide the superior Google search experience to you and your users for a lower total cost of ownership than you would find with a software-only search solution where you had to maintain the hardware, operating system configuration, and software installation on top of any support costs. We want to provide Google's search technology in a package that is as easy to use as possible, and an appliance is definitely the way to do it.