Kickfire Announces Entry Into Rackspace Hosting Partner

January 22, 2010
January 22, 2010 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Kickfire™, Inc., the price/performance leader in analytic appliances, has announced that they have entered into the Partner Network with Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the world’s leader in hosting and cloud computing, to deliver affordable, high-performance analytic appliance hosting and managed services. By joining the network, Kickfire can provide its customers with access to Rackspace’s fully managed hosting and award winning 24x7 Fanatical Support® services. The two companies will also participate in joint sales and marketing programs.

“This relationship between Kickfire and Rackspace will be great for organizations with tight budgets and resources,” said Mark Madsen, president of Third Nature, a consulting company specializing in business intelligence and open source technologies. “Hosting analytic appliances will significantly decrease the time to deploy while removing the need for dedicated administrators or around-the-clock staff, particularly with a leader like Rackspace.”

LiveRail is First Joint Customer
LiveRail Inc., a video advertising start-up headquartered in San Francisco, CA, delivers technology solutions that enable and enhance the monetization of internet-distributed video. The company utilizes a MySQL-based data warehouse with data volumes growing in excess of 30 GB per month and is using Kickfire’s high-performance analytic appliance to dramatically improve its query performance and Rackspace to host, service and support the environment.

“Our data warehouse is critical to our business success, so we are delighted that our environment is hosted and maintained by Rackspace, which helps us ensure that our system is available and supported around-the-clock,” said Mark Trefgarne, CEO of LiveRail. “As a start-up with demanding data analytics needs and rapidly growing data volumes that rival much larger organizations, we sought out a low-cost analytic appliance that could deliver very high performance and scale linearly as our business needs dictate. Kickfire has achieved all of that for us and more, improving our query performance by up to 500X with a plug-and-play solution that we implemented in just a few days,” Trefgarne said.

“We believe that Kickfire, with its high performance and low-cost analytic appliance, is uniquely positioned to deliver a return on investment to organizations with data-intensive analytic applications,” said Robert Fuller of Worldwide Channel Sales, Rackspace. “Together with our Fanatical Support®, hosting and managed services offerings, we provide a compelling product and services solution set to organizations with limited budgets and IT resources.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with Rackspace to provide Kickfire customers with the best in IT infrastructure hosting, support and managed services,” added Kickfire CEO Bruce Armstrong. “Rackspace’s services perfectly complement Kickfire’s analytic appliance. Together we have a compelling solution for companies who need rapid deployment, reliability and high-performance for their analytics projects.”

About Kickfire

Kickfire’s analytic appliance is the price/performance leader in data warehousing. 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 traditional data warehouse offerings. By delivering blazingly fast query performance out of the box, Kickfire’s plug-and-play appliance enables organizations to enjoy faster time-to-insight 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.
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