Feeds

Ruby giant rolls hosted Memcached service

Heroku to simplify EC2 'complexity'

High performance access to file storage

Ruby hosting giant Heroku is letting developers roll Memcached into their web-based applications for fast performance and internet-size scale.

Heroku has released a Memcached add-on to its core hosting platform that runs atop Amazon's EC2, using start-up NotrthScale's Memcached Server.

The Ruby host picked NorthScale having abandoned an attempt to build its own Memcached offering that reached beta but was pulled. NorthScale is home to a number of core Memcached project committers and engineers who've worked on MySQL and Drizzle, while its Membase Server - a distributed key-value database - is in private beta on Zynga's FarmVille and Café World, close to the heart of Facebookers. Public beta is due by June.

Heroku is home to more than 50,000 Ruby applications and used by developers of all sizes including giants like US consumer electronics retailer Best Buy.

Memcached was the number-one requested feature by those who've built the 50,000 plus applications on Heroku. Three hundred applications have so far plugged into the add-on, which is run by NorthScale whose Memcached is also on Amazon.

API calls are passed between the Heroku and NorthScale services when a user wants to deploy Memcached.

NorthScale co-founder James Phillips told The Reg Ruby applications on Heroku that use the add-on would get snappy performance and long-term scale. Memchaced is supposed to provide an architecture of hosting frequently accessed and fast-changing data that's easier to build and manage than using the traditional approach of relational databases in massive, web-based systems with millions of users.

Further, the fact the service is provided as part of Heroku means developers don't have to get into the details of requesting a new EC2 machine, assigning a new IP address, loading the software on that machine or spinning up a SQL server instance from Amazon.

Heroku draws on the computing power of EC2, but sits above the service to provide two benefits: a simplified management interface for EC2 and a system of charging that's easier to understand then wading through and assembling the raw options offered by Amazon.

"You can add what you want without pre defining schemas to add more capacity or adding more boxes to the cluster," Phillips said, adding this meant Ruby developers can focus on the code and don't need to think like "an infrastructure guy". Or gal, we might add.

"Heroku is all about abstracting from the developer anything to do to with any infrastructure. You build the source code and upload it to Heroku and tell us to dial up or dial down."

Simplicity of service was one reason Best Buy partner Bust Out Solutions picked Heroku in the first place to host its application for the retailer. Bust Out Solution build IdeaX, a social networking service for customers to share, discuss ideas and vote on ideas.

Bust Out Solutions said in a reference on Heroku's site EC2 was too expensive and complex to manage, which is why it picked Heroku. So much for the cloud being the answer to all our data-center headaches. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts
Bloke behind the cockup says not enough people are helping crucial crypto project
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.