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Sun Microsystems Invests in Infobright

by Maroushka Kanywani, Editor, Dashboard InsightTuesday, September 16, 2008

By Maureen O'Gara, Sys-Con Media

Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) has kicked in on Infobright's $10 million C round, joining existing investors Flybridge Capital Partners and RBC Venture Partners in backing the MySQL-integrated analytic data warehouse start-up.

Infobright just went open source and the money, which means a total of $20 million has touched its checking account, is supposed to fund the growth of company's new Community Edition and open source community.

It's expecting a spike. The company has no open source competition and there's been growing acceptance of open source business intelligence.

It's Sun's first investment in the Canadian firm but the pair has an existing sales relationship. Now that it has money in the joint Sun is expected to push its data warehouse engine more and leverage the MySQL user base.

The Infobright widgetry is designed to handle data volumes of 500GB to 30TB - which should commoditize warehousing - and is said to be easy to use and simple to manage.

It combines a column-oriented database with a so-called proprietary self-managing Knowledge Grid architecture that's supposed to eliminate the complexity typical of data warehouses.

Company founder and CEO Miriam Tuerk claims it's 90% less work to implement and maintain. Infobright figures going open source will shatter the final barrier to adoption - the price.

A high data compression rate of 10:1 to 40:1 also cuts the cost of storage. Naturally it leverages industry standard servers. One server can support 30TB of data.

Sun also has a relationship with Greenplum, whose Postgres-based widgetry is meant for data volumes of 30TB-100TB. Infobright, which also has budding relationships with Talend, Jaspersoft and Pentaho, has been servicing Web 2.0 online marketing accounts, mid-tier financial services and telecoms and has collected 20 customers.

Besides the new Community Edition, licensed under the GPLv2, Infobright will offer paid support and training. Its existing Brighthouse commercial kit - which has fancier features - has been renamed Infobright Enterprise Edition and its perpetual license has been made over into an annual subscription that includes indemnification and starts at $9,950 per TB/year.


Source: Sys-Con Media

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