Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.
Focus: Geographically distributed relational database management
Product availability: TransLattice Elastic Database (TED) launched in 2010, Version 3.0 was released in February
Funding: $9.5 million, led by DCM Ventures
Management: CEO and Co-founder Frank Huerta and CTO Michael Lyle, both formerly with Symantec, Recourse Technologies and Exodus
More information: TransLattice
Let's say an organization has multiple sites across the country or world, and has a database accessed by workers in all those locations. The database needs to be synchronized so that everyone has all the same information, no matter where they are.
The cloud might seem like one option: Spin up a relational database instance via Amazon Web Services, right?
Not quite says Louise Frank, marketing vice president for TransLattice. AWS database instances do not automatically replicate across sites, so changes made in one availability zone of Amazon's cloud will not appear immediately at another site. TransLattice databases do.
A software and hardware appliance from TransLattice sits at each site where an organization has a relational database and automatically synchronizes the nodes across locales. It uses sharding techniques that split up the data into bite-size chunks as well as caching technology to get the job done.
The company was born in part out of the vision of CTO Lyle, who before co-founding the company served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at venture firm DCM. He kept hearing pitches from companies doing WAN optimization, load balancers and database optimization tools. "All those individual components just make the system more complicated and they don't actually solve the problem," Funke says. So Lyle -- who had previously served as CTO of distributed security/threat management firm Resource Technologies, which was later acquired by Symantec -- left the VC world and began pursuing the idea of a globally-dispersed database system.
Now, TransLattice is humming along, having recently announced the third generation of its TransLattice Elastic Database (TED), which now spans across Amazon Web Services and Dell public clouds to ensure high availability and resiliency. The company has also rolled out the TransLattice Application Platform, which applies the same technology used to synchronize the databases for customers to host applications at sites across the globe.
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