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Daily Dose: Amazon Reveals New In-Memory Caching System "ElastiCache"

08.23.2011
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Amazon's new ElastiCache web service provides a fast, managed, in-memory caching system that is "protocol compliant with MemCached". The new service improves web application performance by using it's in-memory caching system, instead of "relying entirely on slower disk-based databases". Existing projects managed with MemCached should work "seamlessly" with the new service, which promises to make it "easy to deploy, operate, and scale in the cloud". ElastiCache is currently in beta, which you can find (along with an introduction video) at the official website.

Android Developer Forums Closed by Google

A couple of weeks ago, Google was in the middle of being blamed for failing to pay it's developers for their app's performance on the Android Marketplace. When these developers noticed a problem, many of them posted their complaints in the official Android Developers forums. Today, Google closed down the official Android Developer complaint forums. Now, instead of forums, complaints are sent directly to Google. Google explains the situation by saying,

"We feel that one-on-one support is best for the types of threads that have historically been posted to this forum by app developers."


Engine Yard adds PHP support with Orchestra

Engine Yard, the leading PaaS for Ruby on Rails, announced the acquisition of Orchestra today. With Orchestra's experience in deploying, scaling, and managing PHP applications, Engine Yard plans to bring PHP support to their web services. Check out the introduction video to learn more about PHP on Engine Yard.



Gluster Adds Hadoop Compatibility

The latest version of Gluster, GlusterFS 3.3 beta 2, adds compatibility for Apache Hadoop. Gluster is a "leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions", and the first POSIX-compliant file and object solution that works with Hadoop, which provides an open source framework for supporting data-intensive distributed applications.  Other features include:

  • Fast access to data – with no centralized metadata or name server, GlusterFS delivers better performance and easier manageability, with no centralized point of failure;
  • N-way replication – synchronous and asynchronous replication enables users to replicate data, changes are tracked and queued to ensure data stays synchronized regardless of latency or potential network interruptions;
  • High-availability – GlusterFS includes built-in failover, self-healing and no single point of failure;
  • Increased flexibility in sizing – with Gluster, Hadoop deployments are no longer limited to large  block sizes or 16 TB volume sizes;
  • POSIX-compliant NAS (NFS, CIFS) and object access to files within Hadoop deployments – with Gluster, big data deployments can now enable operating systems to directly mount the storage, making it much easier to get data into and out of the system;
  • Easy access – to both file and object storage which simplifies management and controls storage costs; and,
  • Open source – available under a GPLv3 open source license.

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