Oh interesting stuff there - I've always liked the idea of FAST (not cheap as a search platform) but they've certainly thought a bit about how to scale - will be interesting to see if this mean's a change to the supported platforms and roadmap moving forward

http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/08/microsoft_to_acquire_fast/
Wants to mine web with Fast buy

Microsoft is to acquire Norwegian business search engine company Fast Search and Transfer for 6.6bn kroner ($1.23bn).