For those proprietary database vendors who have been hoping and praying that their myths about MySQL would persist ("For low-end applications, "Not high performance," etc.) , Kickfire just announced a MySQL-based database appliance that should wipe the smirks off Oracle and IBM.
If you get nothing else from this post, remember this: Big performance. Little price.
Kickfire, Inc. today announced the first MySQL database appliance that brings the high-performance capabilities of large commercial database systems to the MySQL market. The company...has built its appliance by developing an ultra-modern database kernel and a revolutionary SQL chip that packs the power of 10s of high-end CPUs. The result is a small form-factor MySQL appliance that delivers the high performance of large systems but with dramatically lower hardware, power, and cooling costs. Separately today, Kickfire and Sun Microsystems announced record-breaking TPC-H price/performance benchmark results that demonstrate the performance efficiency and price/performance leadership of Kickfire's design.
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