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Memcached in Windows Azure

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I’ve just published two new NuGet packages: WazMemcachedServer and WazMemcachedClient. These make it drop-dead simple to add memcached to a Windows Azure application in a way that takes advantage of Windows Azure’s dynamic scaling, in-place upgrades, and fault tolerance. Why Memcached? Windows Azure has a built-in distributed cache solution (Windows Azure Caching), which is a great option for .NET developers who want to easily add a cache to their Windows Azure application. However, I’ve heard from some customers who would like to use memcached. One scenario in particular that I think is a great fit for
memcached is reusing existing RAM. For example, you may have spare RAM on your web role instances, and adding memcached to them could give you an in-memory cache without adding any VMs (and thus without adding any cost). Note that Windows Azure Caching has a fantastic “local cache” option, but that still requires that a remote cache is provisioned, and the local cache is not shared (it’s per-instance). Another reason some people choose memcached is so they can hand-tune their cache. This isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s a nice option for people who are already experts in...(Read whole news on source site)

 

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