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June 10, 2009 08:00 ET

Kickfire™ Teams With Sun and Kimball Group to Deliver New Webinar Series for the Data Warehousing Mass Market

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - Kickfire™, Inc., innovator of the first high-performance analytic appliance for the mass market, today announced a new series of webinars for the data warehousing mass market, co-presented with Sun Microsystems and the Kimball Group, the definitive source for dimensional data warehousing expertise. The data warehousing mass market is comprised of deployments in the gigabytes to low terabytes which, according to an IDC/ComputerWorld survey, represent over three-quarters of the total market(1).

The webinar series will begin on June 25th at 1:00 pm PDT and will introduce the audience to data warehousing concepts and best practices. More specifically, the series will cover the history and evolution of data warehousing; will provide an overview of dimensional modeling; and review the full life cycle of designing and implementing a data warehouse. To register for this webinar, go to

"Kimball Group is very excited to participate in this webinar series to bring our expertise to the data warehousing mass market," said Joy Mundy of the Kimball Group. "We see tremendous potential in this underserved market, which has the same needs as the higher end of the market in terms of performance, but lacks the resources and expertise needed to deploy high-performing analytics."

"We are pleased to sponsor this Webinar series to raise awareness of MySQL as an effective data warehousing platform," commented Jeff Wiss, vice president of Database Marketing, Sun Microsystems. "Kickfire will help demonstrate how MySQL's strengths can address the needs of the data warehouse mass market."

"Kickfire is focused on bringing high-end data warehousing capabilities to the mass market," said Bruce Armstrong, chairman and chief executive officer of Kickfire. "We are thrilled to join Sun in bringing Kimball Group's unparalleled expertise to help serve this market."

Kickfire's analytic appliance delivers the world's # 1 price/performance per rigorous industry benchmarks, making high-end data warehousing capabilities available to every organization. Kickfire offers a true plug-and-play appliance that can be up and running in 15 minutes, greatly simplifying data warehousing deployment and use. The appliance runs MySQL Enterprise™ which means customers automatically benefit from MySQL's hallmark ease-of-use, expert support services, and extensive third-party application connectivity.

About Sun's MySQL Database

MySQL is the most popular open source database software in the world. Many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, critical business systems, communications networks, and commercial software. At, Sun provides corporate users with premium subscriptions and services, and actively supports the large MySQL open source developer community.

About Kimball Group

The Kimball Group is the definitive source for dimensional data warehousing expertise. The group was founded in 2003 to respond to the increased demand for quality dimensional data warehouse consulting and education. The group consists of a team of dedicated data warehousing professionals, bringing 100+ years of devoted experience to bear. For more than two decades, the principals have focused on developing, teaching and applying dimensional data warehouse design techniques for IT business intelligence professionals through consulting, writing and education. For more information, please visit

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 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 Enterprise™ 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

(1) Source: IDC and Computerworld Survey of BI Buyers, June 2008.

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