Kickfire Database Appliance for MySQL Sets New TPC-H 300GB Benchmark Records

Thu May 8, 2008 8:30am EDT

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Kickfire(TM), Inc. today announced that its database appliance for
MySQL has set Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC-H)
benchmark records for non-clustered system performance and
price/performance at 300GB. The announcement comes just three weeks
after the company broke TPC-H records at 100GB(1), demonstrating the
scalability and performance efficiency of Kickfire.

   Based on the newly published TPC-H results, the Kickfire Database
Appliance Series 2400 delivers 54,895 QphH@300GB (Queries per hour on
the TPC-H benchmark) propelling Kickfire to world leadership in query
performance (non-clustered systems) on the 300GB TPC-H benchmark.
Kickfire is also number one in price/performance at $0.89/QphH@300GB
USD on the 300GB benchmark. Moreover, Kickfire delivers this record
breaking performance with a 3 year total system cost of only $48,790

   Kickfire's small form factor, low power design and minimal
hardware requirements make the Kickfire Database Appliance very
efficient and inexpensive to operate. Kickfire delivered world record
300GB TPC-H results with a 3RU (rack unit) high database appliance
that consumes just 650 watts. Moreover, Kickfire uses sophisticated
database techniques such as column store, compression, innovative
run-time scheduling and storage management to minimize the data
storage size. As a result, Kickfire achieved the industry's lowest
total data storage/database size ratio of 1.81 on the 300GB benchmark
without sacrificing overall performance.

   "MySQL's simplicity, cost effectiveness and abundant ecosystem
have inspired a devoted mass market following, but the lack of complex
query horsepower and scalability for data warehousing and reporting on
larger data sets have caused some users to abandon it in favor of
costly proprietary systems," said Raj Cherabuddi, CEO, president and
co-founder, Kickfire. "Now, with Kickfire's combination of high
performance, simplicity and cost efficiencies businesses can continue
to scale this popular database as they grow from typical data volumes
in the tens of gigabytes up to the terabytes."

   The Kickfire Database Appliance is currently in Beta testing and
will be generally available on October 14, 2008.

   About TPC-H:

   The TPC Benchmark(TM)H (TPC-H) is an industry standard decision
support benchmark defined and maintained by the Transaction Processing
Council (TPC). The TPC is a non-profit corporation founded to define
transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate
objective, verifiable TPC performance data to the industry. A vendor
is required to go through a stringent testing and audit process prior
to officially publishing TPC-H results. More information is available

   About Kickfire

   Kickfire provides the first high-performance, easy-to-use database
appliance for the burgeoning MySQL market. Based on a patented SQL
chip that packs the power of tens of CPUs into an exceptionally small,
low-power form factor, Kickfire delivers a quantum leap in performance
- efficiency avoiding the hardware build out, power, and space costs
of today's data warehouse and database offerings. By delivering
astoundingly fast query performance out of the box, Kickfire enables
organizations to use MySQL for demanding business intelligence,
reporting, and analysis rather than migrating to costly, non-open
source alternatives. Kickfire appliances scale from gigabytes to
terabytes and are based on Linux and commodity hardware. They leverage
existing storage as well as the openness of MySQL and its entire
ecosystem to ensure compatibility and rapid deployment. Kickfire is
backed by three of the best-known venture capital firms: Accel
Partners, Greylock Partners, and The Mayfield Fund. For more
information, please visit

   (1)On April 14, 2008 the Kickfire Database Appliance Series 2300
achieved 49,228 QphH@100GB, the highest reported performance TPC-H
result on the 100GB benchmark in the non-clustered category. The price
performance was $0.70/QphH@100GB USD, which is the best 100GB result
in the industry. The total Kickfire system price over three years is
$34,425. Kickfire's price performance metric can be found at The
Kickfire Database Appliance is in Beta and will be available October
14, 2008.

   Kickfire is a trademark of Kickfire, Inc.

   TPCH, QphH and $/QphH are trademarks of the TPC. For additional
information on the TPCH benchmark, please visit the Transaction
Processing Performance Council's Web site at

Beverley Bird, 408-450-5430

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