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Gear6 Puts Memcached on EC2

The company says it’ll leverage block storage on cloud computing

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Cloud Computing Expo - Gear6, the guys that fielded the first mission-critical Memcached distribution Web 2.0 types use to scale and deliver dynamic applications and content, has turned up with the first commercial Memcached distribution for cloud computing.

It’s available as a service and will enable cloud-scale apps starting on Amazon EC2.

The company says it’ll leverage cloud-based block storage to increase cache depth by several orders of magnitude. Figure a 100x cache capacity increase per Amazon Machine Image (AMI).

Gear6 EVP for products Joaquin Ruiz says cloud-based dynamic sites have to run from memory to deliver a satisfactory user experience and “Memcached is the most effective onramp to memory, period.”

It optimizes memory management and reportedly delivers up to 50% more DRAM efficiency per cloud image with no performance degradation, which enables more high-speed cached data per cloud image. Say 50x-200x faster.

Gear6 will have both free and paid images on EC2.

The Gear6 Web Cache Server for the Cloud will be free to users of Amazon’s entry-level 32-bit Small Instances, which are limited to 4GB.

The company is really aiming for the High-Memory Instances Amazon introduced a few weeks ago with their 68GB of RAM. It reckons they’re a natural.

Figure Memcached for High-Memory Instances will run $3.26 an hour, with 86 cents going to Gear6 and $2.40 to Amazon. Pricing starts at 84 cents an hour for Amazon’s 64-bit Large Instances and drift upwards from there.

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