While it sounds a bit like a freakish superhero, Amazon's AWS ElastiCache could bring big benefits to those running data across its systems.
The Power of Cache
Any PC user has long been aware of the benefits of cache, a little memory in the hard drive or on the processor has boosted computer performance and made things run a lot faster as data is stored ahead of time, ready for rapid delivery.
Now Amazon is moving this action to the cloud with ElastiCache, which has launched into public beta in the US East (Virginia) region, with wider roll-outs expected soon. The service sits between user web requests and your databases, speeding up the response to user requests. It allows users to run a cloud-based in-memory cache that can be scaled and monitored just like other AWS services.
The result is faster performance from your web apps as you access data from memory rather than disk. The Memcached-protocol-compatible service (Memcached provides a global hash table of serialized objects that can be spread across multiple machines for quick access) simplifies the management of the cache, boosting intensive tasks like major compute services including media, gaming, massive-user social services and so on, as a Scandinavian Troy McClure explains: