Appfluent launches apps performance booster

Appfluent Technology Inc. this week shipped Appfluent Accelerator, an applications performance system for database-driven enterprise applications.

According to the Arlington, Va.-based company, the product delivers as much as a 700 percent performance improvement in throughput and response times. Using SQL analytics to analyze information about application-database interactions, the system distributes workloads and implements optimizations.

"It's a product that interfaces with applications and databases to significantly improve and accelerate the performance at one-fourth to one-fifth the cost of traditional scalability solutions," such as adding additional hardware or software onto existing deployments, said Frank Gelbart, Appfluent president and CEO.

"Our focus is really sitting between the application and the database," Gelbart said. The company keys in on four application areas: CRM, ERP, supply-chain management, and business intelligence. Web-based data access, in particular, has caused a strain on database performance that Appfluent is attempting to alleviate, according to the company.

Currently limited to the Oracle Corp. database platform, Appfluent plans to port the product to support the Microsoft Corp. SQL Server database in 2003 and the IBM Corp. DB2 platform in 2004.

Accelerator is comprised of three components: AutoCruiser, which learns which data is most commonly requested, collects and analyzes information about query patterns, and acts to improve response times and throughput; Query Server, a database engine that processes read requests and delivers data to users to reduce demand on the origin database; and Synchronizer, which ensures data consistency between the Query Server and the origin database.

Previously, the product assisted in performance boosts for Web-based applications only. Appfluent with this release is adding support for datacenter application deployments.

A user said he was experiencing a 34 percent improvement with Appfluent Accelerator, but that he is still looking forward to improvements in the product's refresh functions.

"We've increased performance on both our transaction system and our regular reporting system by about 34 percent," said Lee Belarmino, CIO of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif., which uses the product to boost a student information system deployment.

The product takes a snapshot of an existing database, he said. "The next enhancement we'd like to see would be for the system to refresh the tables that it needs to refresh instead of it being a batch process," Belarmino said. He added he expects to see this improvement in the next release.

Application environments supported include Apache HTTP Server 1.3.14 or later with resin 1.2 Servlet Engine, BEA Systems Inc.'s WebLogic 5.1 or later, IBM WebSphere 4.0 or later, Microsoft IIS 4.0 or later with Active Server Pages, and Windows client server architecture.

Installations typically cost US$60,000, according to Appfluent.

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