Controlling the Addiction: Best Practices for Scaling With Memcached (a.k.a Crack for Developers) & the LAMP Stack

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Dynamic content created by and targeted at consumers is fuelling today’s web traffic growth and driving the evolution of the software stack. This evolution is a reversal of trends seen 10 years ago where the enterprise was the driving force in software development. The web is in the driver’s seat.

One of the most interesting and repeatable changes to the web software stack is the emergence of an independent caching tier used in order to speed up web applications and scale database architectures. Memcached has become the de facto caching technology and it is used everywhere… and it is abused too.

In this talk I will expose some of the drivers that has lead to the pervasive use of Memcached by web developers. I will outline common real life use cases and differentiate scalable approaches versus “overdose” scenarios. From these, I will conclude with architectural and operational best practices. Examples with Ruby, Hadoop, and MySQL will be used.

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Joaquin Ruiz


As EVP, Products at Gear 6, Ruiz is responsible for products, go-to-market activities and corporate development. Prior to Gear6, he was involved in the launch and growth of several other open source companies including Sistina (acquired by Red Hat), Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo), and Spikesource.

  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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