Startup promises to solve distributed applications issues

By Dave Simpson

– Translattice launched today with the goal of changing the way enterprises provision distributed applications and data. However, the company does not expect to ship product – the Translattice Application Platform (TAP) -- until "early 2011," according to Translattice CEO and co-founder Frank Huerta.

Translattice describes itself as a "predictive data and distributed application company that provides information when and where it is needed. [The technology] anticipates application and data needs based on policy, usage and geography," and distributes data and applications through a predictive data engine that moves data to where it’s needed by users.

The approach represents an alternative to centralized, monolithic databases, and distributes data and applications across geographically dispersed nodes that include processing engines, Ethernet cards and storage. Each TAP node has about 16TB of capacity, and Huerta says that this approach can eliminate the need for complex SANs.

Users can scale performance and capacity in the cloud, or independent of the cloud, by adding nodes. The goal is to reduce costs and application deployment complexity.

Architecturally, the Translattice Application Platform can be viewed in three layers. The top layer is a predictive data engine that provides unified data/application management, redundancy, and load balancing. This engine also handles data movement to optimal geographic locations. Applications constitute the middle layer of the architecture.

Underneath the applications is the distributed relational database storage on the dispersed nodes, which are based on commodity hardware.

Translattice was founded in late 2007 by executives (including Huerta) from Recourse Technologies, which developed distributed computing systems such as intrusion detection systems. Recourse was acquired by Symantec in 2002 for $135 million. Translattice received $9.5 million in Series A funding in mid-2008.

This article was originally published on August 10, 2010