SurfRay, a provider of search technology, has climbed aboard the global search provider bandwagon by acquiring Mondosoft, a pretty well-known-to-the-Microsoft-crowd enterprise search and behavior analytics vendor.SurfRay’s technology enables the real-time searching of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data for DB systems and the three nets (Intra, Inter, and Extra). Coupled with MondoSearch (an advanced, multi-lingual enterprise search engine) and lots of other cool search analytics functionality, this freshly combined suite provides a viable, cost-effective enterprise solution for .NET environments. Also of interest is the separation of the Ontolica product into its own business unit. Ontolica is a search engine designed to integrate with SharePoint (WSS or MOSS) and provides a alternative to the less than spectacular search built into the current SharePoint product. With the explosion of information and the increased capacity of hardware and storage, the need for a product suite that can provide the right information to the right people at the right time in the right context is critical for any business wanting to compete today. Through the acquisition, SurfRay will now provide a comprehensive search product suite for the Microsoft platform. The combination of technologies should rival search giants like FAST and Autonomy in both the US and European markets, and a fraction of the price. A European company now with a global reach, SurfRay has offices in San Francisco, Atlanta, Stockholm, Vienna and Copenhagen, and has doubled its employee base. Its combined customer base is now over 1500 installations. According to recent statement from the company, they will continue to support existing Mondosoft customers and retain all Mondosoft employees. Mondosoft has recently been having a rocky ride, and according to Janus Boye (via CMS Watch), the fun may not be over just yet. Janus postulates that SurfRay is not so interested in Mondosoft's SharePoint-specific Ontolica offering. And further, he speculates that the Ontolica unit might get shuffled off to Asger Jensby's JMI Invest private equity firm, and possibly resurface as a WebSphere-specific tool. If that's the sort of hot gossip that make your heart thump, jump over to CMS Watch for more juicy details and history. Otherwise, you can go deeper in the SurfRay offerings here.