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Google today introduced Google Enterprise Professional Program, a partner service for developers, consultants and independent software vendors looking to increase Google's enterprise search capabilities.

The new enterprise group, which has more than 2,000 customers and has experienced more than 100 percent growth in the first half of this year, allows service providers and software developers to be trained in Google's professional products.

The program is geared at helping Google customers extend their use of enterprise products to hard-to-search areas of their infrastructure, such as legacy data locked in a mainframe, information on a highly secure government network or real-time customer data in an enterprise application, the company said. The Mountain View, Calif.-based search firm also expects partners like Herndon, Va.-based LMN Solutions to help pave the way into intelligence and defense facilities that their engineers have traditionally had trouble entering.

Matt McKnight, president of LMN Solutions, said his firm will bring the speed, quality and simplicity of Google search to U.S. government customers focused on secure access to information across disparate systems within their organizations.

"Our understanding of their specific architectural and policy requirements, combined with Google's technology, will give federal enterprises the capability to quickly find all information relevant to their mission," he said in a statement.

The program is open to developers, consultants and independent software vendors for an annual membership of $10,000, which covers the cost of training, certification and support, the company said.

In addition, partners receive a development version of the Google Search Appliance and a Google enterprise SDK.

"As a leader in mainframe integration, NEON Systems is excited to be partnering with Google to extend the simple, robust indexing and search capability of the Google Enterprise Appliance to the many mainframe 'systems-of-record' which still underpin the largest global businesses," Mark Cresswell, president and CEO of NEON Systems, said in a statement.