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Kickfire™ Forges Strategic Partnerships with Ten Leading Systems Integrators

Kickfire™, Inc., provider of the world’s first high-performance MySQL® data warehousing appliance, has entered into strategic partnerships with ten Systems Integrators (SIs) to accelerate its aggressive go-to-market plan. Selected for their leadership status and deep expertise in their respective fields, these SIs bring data warehousing, business intelligence and MySQL skill-sets plus nationwide coverage.

Kickfire’s revolutionary appliance for MySQL targets the mass market for data warehousing with a true plug-and-play device, unparalleled scalability and the world’s number one analytic price-performance.

Kickfire’s SI partners are:

APP Consulting Group

“We are very excited to team with Kickfire. Their revolutionary MySQL appliance is ideal for the untapped data warehousing mass market,” said Tom Stanek, president.

Aeturnum

“Kickfire’s impressive appliance boosts query performance 10-100X which is what today’s customer demands. We predict a high level of interest,” said Rajat Bhakhri, chief executive officer and founder.

Acxius

“The Kickfire MySQL appliance makes high-end data warehousing affordable to a much broader audience than was previously possible. The arrival of this appliance is perfectly timed to satisfy the analytic needs of many organizations struggling to implement these capabilities, but with budgets severely impacted by the economic downturn,” said Robert Scott, chief technology officer.

Baseline

"Packaging an SQL processor and a column-based storage system within the skins of MySQL is a very clever idea. It will certainly simplify data mart deployment and provide a dramatic improvement in performance for companies,” commented Evan Levy, partner.

Breadboard BI

“Kickfire’s plug-and-play appliance, with its exceptional ease-of-use and high-user concurrency, is key for today’s fast-growing group of analytics users. We are excited to help bring it to market,” stated Christopher Lavigne, managing partner.

Clear-Peak Consulting

According to Jerry Modes, senior partner, “our savvy customers are always looking for improved functionality at lower cost. Leading the way with exceptional price-performance, Kickfire’s appliance is garnering great interest.”

Discovery Solutions LLC

“Open source databases offer corporations a cost-effective alternative to traditional database vendor products. However, because they are not designed to handle specific workloads, complementary technologies are required to specifically address the unique performance requirements of specialized applications. Kickfire offers a high-performance appliance to maximize a corporation's investment in open source databases for data warehousing and on-demand applications,” stated Gloria Lee, chief executive officer.

E2e

“Kickfire is turning heads in the MySQL community and elsewhere with its high-user concurrency, fast loaders and ACID compliance that provide exceptional scalability. Our end-to-end analytics capabilities, combined with a fierce commitment to customer satisfaction, make this a winning partnership for Kickfire customers. We look forward to a highly-successful relationship,” said Vik Torpunuri, founder and CEO.

Himmath Technologies

“Just as NVIDIA moved graphics processing from software to hardware, Kickfire has done the same for database operations, facilitating tremendous improvements in speed and power. We are pleased to go after the market together,” said Sankara Sarma, CEO and president.

Percona

"We at Percona have been following Kickfire's progress with interest since it was in stealth mode," commented Peter Zaitsev, chief executive officer. "Today's mainstream technologies don't always meet our clients' needs, and as a rule, database software is lagging behind hardware advances. The usual solutions can require a large investment in time, hardware, and elite engineers. We look forward to Kickfire's continued development."

Bruce Armstrong, chairman and chief executive officer of Kickfire commented “we are proud to align with such a stellar group of companies as we continue to scale out Kickfire. These are organizations with incomparable expertise and impressive contacts in the business intelligence, data warehousing and MySQL communities.”

About Aeturnum

Aeturnum has industry-proven experience in software design, development, and testing that enables them to provide cost-effective and high-quality solutions to complex problems. Its innovative Athiva platform has provided customers the added benefit of deploying their applications on a single platform thus reducing time-to-market and increasing the ROI on their software investments. For more information, visit www.aeturnum.com.

About APP Consulting Group

Founded in 1997, App Consulting is a data warehouse/business intelligence-focused consulting company. Its consultants are highly seasoned veterans who address every aspect of data warehousing development. For more information, visit www.app-consulting.com

About Acxius

Acxius is a world-class consulting and systems integration firm that provides full lifecycle, high-value, high-performance, end-to-end business solutions related to data, information, business performance and project management. It provides scalable solutions to Global 2000 companies based on industry best practices, proven methodology and lessons learned. Acxius combines best-of-breed solutions with expert strategy, architecture, implementation and a multi-disciplinary team to provide IT and business solutions that improve the systems, applications, and processes that help organizations win business challenges. By implementing proven and reliable solutions for data and information management and business performance and project management, Acxius continues to deliver a competitive advantage for customers around the world. For further information visit Acxius at www.acxius.com.

About Baseline Consulting

Data warehousing was Baseline’s first practice and established them as specialists in database design, data loading, data migration, and data provisioning. Since then they have expanded into data integration, business analytics and data governance.

About Breadboard BI

Breadboard BI provides affordable business intelligence (BI), data integration, and general software application development consulting. They also offer a suite of customizable BI modules - based on MySQL and Pentaho - that form a modular and scalable enterprise solution. For more information, visit www.breadboardbi.com

About Clear-Peak

Clear-Peak is a technology consultancy focused on Business Intelligence and Data Driven Solutions. Since 2000, Clear Peak has provided state-of-the-art business-centric and technology neutral solutions that deliver the knowledge and tools to manage business with solid intelligence based on reliable data. For more information, visit www.clear-peak.com.

About Discovery Solutions

Discovery Solutions brings over 25 years of experience building data warehouse solutions for corporations across retail, government, telecommunications and financial sectors including designing and implementing data warehousing solutions for some of the largest companies in the world, including Wal*mart, British Telecom and AT&T. For more information, visit www.discoverysolutions.com.

About e2e Analytix

e2e Analytix empowers companies with insight about business performance, bringing together information from across the enterprise. e2e Analytix specializes in "end-to-end" analytical solutions – encompassing strategy, analysis, design and delivery – developing customer-centric solutions that integrate both structured and unstructured transactional data. The company’s 500-person international team has been serving Global 1000 companies since 1999, and has deep domain expertise in healthcare, retail, life sciences, distribution, entertainment, higher education, hi-tech and oil and gas industries. e2e Analytix is based in Irvine, Calif., with additional offices in Houston and San Jose and a global development center in Hyderabad, India.. For more information, visit www.e2eanalytix.com.

About Himmath Technologies

Himmath Technologies is a software development services company with a primary focus on Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. The company was founded by Data Warehousing consultants with hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge in implementing Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence solutions for many larger corporations. Himmath has the industry knowledge and the best-of-breed technology skills to deliver the right solutions that are reliable and cost effective. For more information, visit www.himmath.com.

About Percona

Percona provides consulting to create or scale applications built on the full LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) and other open source technologies. The customer list is large and diverse, including Fortune 50 firms, popular websites, and small startups. Percona's team enjoys a worldwide reputation for expert MySQL knowledge, as evidenced in its widely read MySQL Performance blog and latest book "High Performance MySQL". For more information, visit www.percona.com.

About Kickfire

Kickfire provides the first high-performance, easy-to-use analytic appliance for the data warehousing mass market. Based on a patented SQL chip that packs the power of 10’s of CPUs into an exceptionally small, low-power form factor, the Kickfire MySQL Appliance delivers a quantum leap in performance efficiency -- avoiding the hardware build out, power, and space costs of today's data warehouse offerings. By delivering astoundingly fast query performance out of the box, Kickfire’s plug-and-play appliance enables organizations to use MySQL for demanding business intelligence, reporting, and analysis. Kickfire appliances scale from gigabytes to terabytes and are based on Linux and commodity hardware. They leverage the openness of MySQL and its entire ecosystem to ensure compatibility and rapid deployment. Kickfire is backed by blue-chip venture capital firms: Accel Partners, Greylock Partners, The Mayfield Fund and Pinnacle Ventures. For more information, please visit www.kickfire.com

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