Kickfire is impressive, I like it. They’re setting both price/performance and pure preformance TPC-H records with it. Ever since I saw the open, pluggable architecture of MySQL I thought there could be a lot of innovations with it. And here is one example
This kind of stands my database world on its head though. I always saw MySQL as a little database for small web systems, not a real serious database like Oracle. . Being able to run big performance on big data warehouses with MySQL takes some getting used to. Certainly takes away the argument that only things like Oracle can scale up.

I’ll watch for Kickfire to be bought out by Sun or make a licensing deal with Sun. For Sun, being able to deliver low cost high performance database platforrms with their own database and own hardware puts Sun in a very good place. The MySQL purchase starts to make sense now.


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