February 23, 2010 09:00 ET

Gear6 Enhances Memcached as a Service With Dynamic Scaling on Amazon EC2

Gear6 Memcached Updates on Amazon EC2 Introduce Dynamic Services, Security Services, and Cloud API to Extend the Advantages of Memcached in the Cloud

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - February 23, 2010) - Continuing to lead the pace of innovation with Memcached and web scale technologies, Gear6 today introduced three new features to its Gear6 Cloud Cache™ service for Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (AWS - EC2):

  • Dynamic Services: For the first time, companies can now run their entire web stack in the cloud and make full use of its elastic capabilities. This is possible with Dynamic Services on Gear6 Cloud Cache, which eliminates a major issue with Memcached -- its inability to maintain cache data while changing cache capacity, resulting in unnecessary site degradation or downtime. Gear6 Cloud Cache solves this fundamental problem with Dynamic Services, enabling servers to grow and shrink automatically with the needs of the site -- without losing any cache data.
  • Security Services: Gear6 Cloud Cache now has four levels of authentication for access to its Memcached service on EC2. With this feature cloud operators will be able to share real time cache data with various authenticated users without having to compromise operational control of the cache tier.
  • Cloud API: Gear6 has published a REST-based Cloud API to automate the deployment and management of Gear6 Memcached resources on EC2. This API will allow developers to dynamically distribute Memcached resources where and when they are needed.

Memcached is the key technology used to scale out and increase performance of data driven web sites. However, adding or removing cache capacity frequently leads to unnecessary loss of cache data making the service brittle. This issue prevents users from taking full advantage of the elastic capabilities of cloud environments. By addressing performance problems for web sites that experience sudden and severe fluctuations in traffic, Gear6's new dynamic service enhancements enable Cloud Cache users on EC2 to further leverage inherent cloud advantages. Images for these new services are now being rolled out to existing customers on Amazon, with general availability starting February 28, 2010.

"Cloud customers demand elasticity from their platforms," said Joaquin Ruiz, Executive Vice President of Products at Gear6. "With these killer new features, Gear6 Cloud Cache enables EC2 Memcached services to be super elastic while maintaining cache data and site performance."

Gear6 Cloud Cache is the only commercial-grade Memcached service for EC2. Cloud Cache is based on Gear6's enhanced Memcached distribution, which has mission-critical features such as advanced memory management, clustering, replication and improved tools for monitoring and reporting. Today's new features address critical adoption issues around elasticity, security and existing management support.

These new features for Cloud Cache are currently available to existing customers on Amazon, and will be made generally available starting February 28, 2010. For more information about this offer, visit or read more on the Gear6 blog at

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About Gear6
Gear6 ( delivers the leading mission-critical software distribution for Memcached, enabling high-growth web sites to scale dynamic applications and content. Gear6 solutions dramatically improve the scalability of web applications and databases, while improving quality of service and reducing infrastructure cost. Gear6's enhanced Memcached offerings -- Web Cache and Cloud Cache™ -- for the data center and cloud, respectively, enable web operators to scale services and applications, save money, reduce complexity, protect sites from failures and traffic spikes, and manage all aspects of caching operations. Gear6 corporate headquarters are in Mountain View, California.

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