The Potential of Memcached Hosting – Part 2

The Need For Speed

Of course speed wasn't exactly a worry in the beginning. It was a breakthrough to move beyond static web pages. It was something so important that developers were not yet concerned with the fear of database loading. Caching already existed, and at the time this would have to do. The problem was that operating systems became bigger. Computers had to increase memory and hard drive sizes in order to upgrade. This yielded faster client side systems. Client side speed became a reality, and multitasking became the new rave. Everyone wanted to play music, watch videos, check email, and simultaneously surf the web. This translated into more web hits for popular sites. This created a domino effect on database loading for site content.

Web users were now equipped to handle the massive information loads that were available online. The client was ready. It was now time for the web hosting plans to meet the challenge before them. Time passed and databases that were the back end for web applications were no long cutting edge technology. They were now common place, and internet surfers were waiting for the next big innovation to aid in speeding up the pages that were among their favorites.

This is where Memcached fit into the equation perfectly. It can be said that there are some things in life that may not appear significant at all until they are actually put into some practical use. Memcached hosting was one of these things. It was not noticed as something that was monumental in the world of hosting if your sites did not get any hits. It is only when traffic was heavy that clients would notice the need for more lanes, alternate routes, and exit ramps.

The Popularity of Memcached Web Hosting Plans

It is very fortunate that the Memcached hosting concept was tried and successfully implemented in a place where it could really live up to the critical acclaim that it was bound to receive. The crash test dummy in this equation was a site called LiveJournal. This site had more than 20 million page views in the course of a day. Memcached hosting helped Live Journal speed up applications and avoid the database overloading that can often occur with websites that have heavy web traffic. The rest is virtual history.

One of the features of Memcached servers is the automatic expiration of unused cache objects. For dynamic applications this is great way to condense the cache and only utilize what is actually needed. Features such as this have created a buzz for memcache services, and this has expanded the concept on so many levels.

The popularity of the memcached method has spun a variation of services that include Memcached As A Service (MAAS). Clients have also explored the concept of memcached on shared servers, memcached sniffer applications on
web hosting email, distributed caching with Memcache, and cloud servers with Memcached hosting.

Today web hosting plans are available with Memcached hosting on MacOs, Windows, and UNIX. The fact that it's freeware that actually performs a task that is useful further adds to the value of this system. The software has been tested on many platforms, and this popularity has even created copycat systems such as Redis to compete with Memcached.

The Future of Memcached Hosting

There is definitely a plethora of ways to use Memcached services, but most of these methods are still in a trial state. There are websites such as YouTube that have used the Memcache methods successfully, but many other operations are still trying to make use of some of the components.

It's the age old tale of new technology meeting new technology. It takes time to build a certain level of stability when both sides of the field are not widespread standards of technology usage. At the present moment these are many clients throughout web forums that express their satisfaction with Memcached hosting. In the reality of relevant voices in the web industry, however, there are truly only a few clients that have given the memcache concept their stamp of approval.

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This system is a great one, but in order to move from web forum sensation to web forum standard Memcached must break down the barriers and stigmas that are often attached with the use of open source code. As clients rally for the next big innovation from Microsoft or Linux they must also be made aware of the smaller simpler concept of things like Memcached hosting.

Most sites have already purchased servers and run Windows. This is the large majority of web servers. When you factor in the number of clients that are content with stability and a reluctance to change you will encounter problems. It's easy to assume that that everyone will embrace the efficiency of Memcached hosting because there is evidence of the value. This will not be enough to change the minds of millions that may overlook the simplicity of the concept. It is true that caching is not a new concept. Caching has been done through servers for years, but until now there has never been a caching concept as important as the one of Memcached hosting.

It allows you to stop hitting your database much less than you normally would in the course of a day. The bottleneck of database overloading alone should be enough to alter the minds of anyone with the slightest hesitancy in implementing Memcached hosting. It allows you to store values of any kind that would normally be stored in your database and retrieve this data at a faster rate than you could without it. The question that remains, however, is whether the Memcached system can further build upon the efficiency that has defined it. Memcached hosting has helped popular websites jump a major hurdle in concerns to web traffic. Developers of Memcached must continue their innovative streak, however, to remain relevant.

Gwen Davis

About Gwen Davis

A native of New Jersey, I have a knack for web hosting and anything pretty much related to my niche. Currently working as a technical writer/content editor/webmaster for Hosting Observer, my expertise range from Programming to Internet Marketing. I am passionate about making sure people have a really good understanding of the tech world, and I take pride in building websites whose business core is to bring value-added service. I am a firm believer of minimalism and my past works include User Interface Design and Brand Strategy for Citibank and St. Luke's.

2 Responses to The Potential of Memcached Hosting – Part 2

  1. Bejan Corneliu March 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Very good article.
    I was not hear about the “…One of the features of Memcached servers is the automatic expiration of unused cache objects…”.


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