Column-oriented databases have become a hot topic in the Business Intelligence / Data Warehousing arena (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Column-oriented_DBMS ), and there might be some real interest if there were a Turnkey Column-oriented DBMS appliance.
There are several open-source column DBs available, so one question is which one would be most practical to invest in. The first ones that come to my mind are Infinidb, InfoBright and LucidDB, but Ingres, a long underappreciated open source DB has a column-oriented project called "Ingres VectorWise".
But is it possible to create a 64-bit Turnkey Linux appliance? I'd want to think along those lines because column dbs are at their best with massive volumes of data, and they'd benefit from the memory advantages that a 64-bit implementation would have.
Perhaps the easiest way to build this would be to follow the architecture of the MySQL appliance and install one of the MySQL-base column-oriented DBs.
Any thoughts on whether this is worth looking into?