SOURCE: Kickfire

December 16, 2008 08:00 ET

Kickfire Expands Executive Team With Appointment of Thomas J. Muise as Chief Financial Officer

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2008) - Kickfire™, Inc. the leading provider of analytic appliances for the MySQL market, today announced the appointment of Thomas J. Muise as chief financial officer. Mr. Muise brings more than 25 years experience in finance and operations at both start-up and public companies including significant roles in the database, hardware and software industries.

Mr. Muise held senior finance positions over a period of 12 years at parallel-processing pioneer Tandem Computers, including director of finance for the Nonstop Software business unit with P & L responsibility for the database and transaction processing technology business. Prior to joining Kickfire he was chief financial officer for Panterra Networks, a provider of SaaS unified communications services, and for Knova Software, a leading provider of service resolution management applications. During his career, Mr. Muise has also held senior financial management positions at Embrace Networks, Solopoint and Synopsis.

"Tom has the leadership, financial discipline and strategic acumen necessary to help Kickfire grow rapidly as the leader in the MySQL data warehousing appliance market," commented Bruce Armstrong, chairman and chief executive officer of Kickfire.

Kickfire is the first company to create an analytic appliance to meet the needs of the fast growing MySQL data warehousing market. Kickfire delivers the first plug-and-play appliance with record-breaking price-performance in an exceptionally low-power small footprint.

"Kickfire is poised for outstanding growth. The MySQL market is growing quickly and data warehousing is becoming an increasingly important use case. The need for affordable analytics to spot trends and out-maneuver the competition is stronger than ever. I am excited to be working in such a vibrant space alongside a highly talented team," said Mr. Muise, chief financial officer at Kickfire.

Mr. Muise graduated cum laude from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in economics and earned his master of business administration from the University of Michigan.

About Kickfire

Kickfire provides the first high-performance, easy-to-use analytic 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'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 existing storage as well as 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

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