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In a world full of and dependent on technology, few could deny that it is always changing, and at a dizzying pace. When it comes to the internet, the demand for portability, quicker connection speeds, and flexible costs has lead to various plans for both limited and unlimited hosting. The purpose for these plans are simple; the delivery of content and the processing of applications are improved, a fact that cannot be overlooked.
With each passing day, open source communities and premium service providers edge increasingly closer to the other, to the point that the gap is almost non-existent. With this benefit comes strengthened server resources, and this new trend is recognized as a member of the long list of internet modifications.
Developed by the company Danga Interactive, Memcache was first used on a website that goes by the name of Live Journal. Soon after this was released, it gained use on other websites due to the fact that the source code was considered a hot commodity. Among more well-known sites that use it regularly, Craigslist, Twitter and YouTube are included.
Open source design has a lot of impressive contributions under its belt; memcache and its attachment to open source code only proves this to be true. Incomplex in nature, it has gained a following of enthusiasts who would consider it one of their favorites. Made of key-value in-memory, it stores data from page rendering, API calls, and database calls. At the end of this series of actions, dynamic applications will experience increased speed.
It may be confusing, but with better understanding of caching it is easier to appreciate. At the base of the matter, a cache involves the duplication of data, making it unnecessary to have the original data in order to view something. In other words, it is a special storage area that holds frequently used data temporarily.
If it is still unclear, another way to explain caching is through the use of web data. For many people who frequent the internet, it is standard to have a favorite website that they visit frequently and may even have bookmarked. Whenever they visit these places, if the data of the pages was not saved, it would take a lot longer for everything to load properly. A cache’s job is to store some of the data on the hard drive of the computer so that everything will load quicker. There is no need for the browser to spend extra time going through the database located at the server.
Memcache makes everything run in a more efficient manner. It is sensible in design, helps where it is needed, and is popular as a result. To illustrate, the basic architecture of a memcache-host stack would commonly comprise of the OS, the server layer, the cache layer, the database and the page script layer. When the data is stored in the memory caching layer, the database of the website receives minimal hits during the attempt to get the information. When a great number of interactive sites house a database that holds their information, this is even more so important.
Beyond the obvious benefit of server load optimization, having memcache in your host opens up a wider range of capabilities for your dynamic website. The following functionalities can be achieved with memcache support:
1. Communication Management – Better spam control, and distributed locking service.
2. Online-member tracking – Member activity transparency and easier maintenance of expired-member purges.
3. Scalable web services – Unrestricted use of resource intensive features such as CRON.
4. Versioning System – More server backup
5. Summarize Db update demographics – Increased accuracy of update analysis
Memcached as a Service is far from perfect though because of its inherent weakness in security, but for high-traffic dynamically generated websites memcached hosting ultimately is a great option to consider.