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Updated Drupal 7 appliances to version 7.0 final
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Congratulations to the Drupal community for getting version 7.0 released! This is a major mile stone and an excellent reason to celebrate!

If you want to give Drupal 7 a try without having to install anything, I've now updated my Drupal 7 appliances on SuSE Studio to the latest release. The appliance is based on openSUSE Linux 11.3 and is available in two variants:

  • A text-mode only appliance to which you connect using your local web browser via the network.
  • A GUI version that starts

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Drupal 7 test drive appliance updated to 7.0-beta2, now with GUI option
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Over the weekend I updated my Drupal 7 test appliance in SUSE Studio to the Drupal 7.0-beta2 release, which was released on Oct. 23rd. I also added phpMyAdmin upon a user request, to provide a web-based method to work with the MySQL instance, if needed.

In addition to the lightweight "headless" appliance (which can only be accessed and configured via a remote network connection), I've now also created a

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Testing Drupal 7 on a virtual appliance with MySQL 5.1 and the InnoDB plugin
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The Drupal community just recently released another alpha test release of their upcoming Drupal 7 version, to shake out the remaining bugs and to encourage more users to test it.

If you would like to give it a try, but you don't have a free server handy, how about using a virtual machine instead? Using the fabolous SuSE Studio, I've created an appliance based on openSUSE 11.3, Drupal 7.0-alpha7 and MySQL 5.1 with the

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Kickfire Basics – The KFDB columnar storage engine
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This is the first post in a new series of “Kickfire Basics” blog posts by myself and others here at Kickfire.  This series will review the basics of the Kickfire appliance starting from this post describing how data is stored on disk, to future posts on topics such as loading data into the appliance and writing queries which best leverage the capabilities of the SQL chip.

The Kickfire Equation
Column store + Compression + SQL Chip = performance

The Kickfire Analytic Appliance features the new KFDB storage engine which was built from scratch to handle queries over vast amounts of data.  KFDB is a column store in contrast to most MySQL storage engines which are row stores.  What follows is a description of our column oriented storage engine and how it improves performance over typical row stores.

This post concerns itself with the first part



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451 CAOS Links 2009.07.28
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Intuit launches open source project. SFLC on Microsoft GPL violation accusations.

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“Tracking the open source news wires, so you don’t have to.”

# Intuit launched open source projects and community to develop apps based on its Intuit Partner Platform, while Savio Rodrigues declared Intuit’s open source play is all business.

# SFLC’s Bradley Kuhn told SDTimes Microsoft was in violation of the GPL.

# MySQL and Memcached-based appliance vendor Schooner Info Tech has raised $20m in Series B funding.

# Novell


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Kickfire Launches On-Demand Trials
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Join the Sun and Kickfire team tomorrow to see the unveiling of the Kickfire’s On-Demand Trial. You can sign up for the live webinar and trial review here: http://tinyurl.com/kickfiretrial.

At Kickfire we’re very excited about this launch. We’ve had many customers who have asked for a quick way to trial the system to get a sense of the performance. In order to speed up setup time we are providing users with access to US Bureau of Transportation’s database. This database contains flight data from the last twenty years. The trial consists of four parts:

1) An overview of Kickfire and its technology (includes a short Flash movie)
2) An interactive tutorial of a couple of sample queries. The tutorial explains the DB schema, the SQL and the Kickfire features that get performance
3) A pick list of sample queries and

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Data Warehouse/Analytic Appliances – What to Consider
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Why was Teradata able to become the leader of data warehousing at the super high-end (e.g. greater than 25 TB’s)?  Why was Netezza only the second pure-play data warehousing company to go public by focusing on the 10 – 25 TB range of opportunities?  Why did Oracle after so many years of denial finally announce a joint hardware / software product for data warehousing with HP, the Exadata data warehouse server?  Why did Microsoft acquire DATAllegro, one of the earlier data warehousing appliances? Why are there now dozens of data warehouse appliances available on the market today, and – more importantly – how should a customer choose which one to purchase? 

In all these cases, the vendors have listened to the market and concluded that the most optimal way to serve the customer is through a true data warehouse appliance.  Given that there are so many flavors of appliances, though,

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Kickfire Launches MySQL Appliance for Data Warehousing Mass Market
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The Kickfire MySQL Appliance is offically launched!

We just announced today, along with a new customer, and strategic partnerships with ten leading service companies including Percona, the MySQL performance experts.

Look for more news next week from Kickfire as we head into the MySQL conference. Kickfire will also give a keynote on the first day of the conference and will make a surprise announcement! Stay tuned …

Appliance Affinity: Why Appliance Vendors are Buying the Kickfire Appliance
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The demand for high-tech appliances has been on the rise in the last few years. Their benefits — including high performance, low TCO, rapid time-to-value, and ease of use — have driven adoption in a variety of industries from data warehousing to network and security management, storage, retail, telephony and so on. As the analyst firm, Forrester, noted in a 2008 report:

“Appliances - in all their proliferation - are here to stay and are moving into the mainstream of computing and networking”

It turns out that the database of preference for a growing number of appliance vendors is MySQL. As noted on its appliance page (http://www.mysql.com/why-mysql/isv-oem-corner/appliance/" target="_blank), MySQL’s benefits of low TCO, ease of use, and rapid time-to-value map well to the requirements of appliance offerings.

As appliance markets

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Kickfire makes it easy to be green (and to save some too)!
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Kickfire has announced (as of April 14th, 2008) record breaking results in the TPC-H(tm) Price/Performance category at 300GB and also in overall performance in the non-clustered category at 300GB.
You can find the official results here on the TPC(tm) (Transaction Processing Performance Council) website:
http://www.tpc.org/tpch/results/tpch_price_perf_results.asp
http://www.tpc.org/tpch/results/tpch_price_perf_results.asp?resulttype=noncluster

While the amazingly low price of the Kickfire Database Appliance 2400 will grab you (only about twice the price of a typical 4U MySQL database server) -- the amazing performance per watt is truly incredible. The 3RU Kickfire appliance used in the 300GB volume test consumes




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MySQL Conference: Presentation At The Kickfire Booth
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I had a chance to visit the Kickfire booth after the keynotes and before the first presentation. They gave me a kicking t-shirt, followed by a presentation on the newly announced Kickfire appliance (now in beta, shipping in Fall 2008). Here are some notes I jotted down:

  • von Neumann bottleneck
  • SQL chip (SQC), packs the power of 10s of conventional CPUs
  • Query parallelization on the chip
  • On-chip memory - 64GB. No registers - no von Neumann bottleneck
  • Beats the performance of a given 3 server, 32 CPU, 130TB box (1TB of actual data - space is used for distributing IO)
  • SQC uses column-store, compression, intelligent indexing
  • SQL Chip, PCI connection, plugs into a Linux server
    • SQL execution
    • Memory management
    • Loader acceleration
  • KDB (Kickfire storage engine),
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