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Caching In on Open Source

  • April 14, 2010
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

In contrast, rival memcached vendor Schooner is focused on developing its version of memcached on optimized hardware.

Schooner is updating its memcached appliance this week with new software that also provides improvements to the key value store. Jerry Rudisin, CEO and president of Schooner, told InternetNews.com that the Schooner update does not include any new hardware but rather uses the same IBM System x servers using Intel Xeon 5600 that the first version of the Schooner appliance was based on.

The Schooner appliance also includes an optimized Linux operating system which has been tuned specifically for the hardware and software needs of memcached. John Busch, cofounder and CTO of Schooner, explained to InternetNews.com that they use the CentOS Linux distribution as a base. CentOS is a clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

What Schooner has also done as part of its efforts to have a highly optimized memached appliance is to enhance the key value store with their own enhancements. Busch noted that in order to take full advantage of the flash-based storage and multi-core power that the Schooner appliance offers they had to develop their own key value store.

"We see our key value store as the leading edge in terms of performance and availability," Busch said.

While Schooner's version of memcached is only available on their hardware appliances, Busch noted that they too contribute back to the core memcached open source project. As part of Schooner's performance and qualification they developed technology that that allows users to specify types of loads. Busch said that Schooner open sourced that as well as definitions of benchmarks.

"We've been very active in terms of developing technology and contributing it back to the open source community," Busch said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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