July 27, 2010

Kickfire unlikely to survive

Following up on a previous report of Kickfire’s troubles — a Kickfire customer tipped me off that Kickfire told him they’re selling their IP and engineers, and the Kickfire products will be discontinued.

At this time, I have no idea who the lucky buyer is.

Edit: We now know it’s Teradata.


12 Responses to “Kickfire unlikely to survive”

  1. Blogreader on July 28th, 2010 10:06 am

    Selling their engineers? Boy they should have read their offer letter before signing up.

  2. ananym on August 5th, 2010 2:12 am

    it’s Teradata

  3. Curt Monash on August 5th, 2010 11:04 am

    That’s what at least one Teradata & Kickfire competitor believes.

  4. Greg Rahn on August 6th, 2010 12:13 pm

    Darryl McDonald- Executive VP of Business Development and Marketing:
    “We’ve [Teradata] also recently did a tuck-in of Kickfire”

  5. Curt Monash on August 6th, 2010 2:35 pm

    Thanks, Greg. Good find!

  6. I on August 9th, 2010 1:41 pm

    So how exactly did they sell their engineers – and for how much/head? Inquiring minds want to know -).

  7. Curt Monash on August 9th, 2010 3:22 pm

    The price is surely undisclosed.

    In chatting about this, I heard that the “going rate” is half a million dollars per head. Obviously, YMMV, and the folks in the discussion didn’t know the figure for this particular case.

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  11. Dan Cutler on August 31st, 2010 12:12 pm

    Wow! As a current Teradata user AND someone who has actually acquired a Kickfire appliance a couple of years back, and developed drivers for it, I’m quite excited by this! IMHO Kickfire’s column store was exactly the type of technology that I really needed. What I discovered after implementing Kickfire was not a complete surprise: the software had great potential from a technical perspective but the maturity just wasn’t there. If you could somehow align the planets (gotten past several limitations) and got past KF’s reliance on DB based RI, that thing could really sing!

    I had long wondered why Teradata had not implmented their own column store as it seemed like a company with TD’s maturity and depth – they would be able to offer this type of engine somewhere in their line of products. I remember thinking that if Teradata were to buy a company like Kickfire or Brighthouse or some other column store, they’d really be able to leverge this type of architecture.

    If its true that they bought Kickfire, I wonder how long it will take to integrate a true column store into TD’s existing lineup. If they pull it off, I’ll be first in line to buy it!

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