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Kickfire: Released for all the right reasons, but with the worst timing

Apr 23, 2009, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Kickfire's hardware-accelerated MySQL appliance blows the doors off monster Oracle database servers in equivalent TPC-H benchmarks in a tiny fraction of the cost, space, storage and power usage. Last week, during their press briefings the future of the company looked bright indeed. There's only one problem -- Oracle is about to own MySQL.

"...But with Oracle purchasing Sun along with MySQL, presumably in order to "buy the books" and Sun's MySQL customer base, it's not hard to predict how well Kickfire's $35,000 hardware-accelerated Linux box for will fare with Oracle's sales team when it is competing with the company’s flagship Oracle 11g DBMS, which starts at $10,000 per licensed CPU, and runs on Sun's -- soon Oracle's -- SPARC and Opteron-based Solaris servers."

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