As a way to inexpensively improve the performance of cloud applications, many organizations routinely rely on open source caching software such as Memcached. As is often the case with open source software, however, they often wind up looking for a more robust implementation that comes with service and support.
As a provider of such Memcached services, Garantia Data has carved out a niche in the cloud that is now extending. Via alliances involving platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings, organizations can now have the option of deploying Memcached caching software in the form of Memcached Cloud from Garantia Data on Heroku, Appfog and AppHarbor platforms.
Garantia Data CEO Ofer Bengal envisions organizations using these PaaS offerings as part of a business continuity strategy that would allow applications that rely on Memcached to immediately fail over to one of these services.
Of course, as the provider of an instance of Redis as a cloud service that merges caching and NoSQL database functionality into a single offering, Bengal readily admits that standalone instances of Memcached are not a primary focus for Garantia Data going forward. But given the number of existing applications that already rely on Memcached and a third-party database, Bengal says there is still demand for providing a fail over service for Memcached.
How caching in the cloud will evolve is still anybody’s guess. But given the latency issues associated with cloud applications, caching has become more important than ever. In fact, it’s so critical to making the cloud work that as a technology caching has, in one form or another, almost been universally employed.