The most reliable, powerful, and easy way to use Memcached on DigitalOcean

In the world of web development, performance is paramount. As developers, we constantly seek ways to optimize our applications, ensuring a seamless user experience that keeps visitors returning for more. One of the most effective techniques for achieving lightning-fast web app performance is caching, and when it comes to caching, Memcached is a widely recognized and trusted solution. If you’re using DigitalOcean to host your applications, you’re in luck! This blog post will introduce you to the most reliable, powerful, and easy way to use Memcached on DigitalOcean: MemCachier.

We’ll delve into the world of Memcached, exploring its benefits and use cases. We’ll shed light on MemCachier, a managed caching service that simplifies setting up and using Memcached on DigitalOcean. By the end of this post, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of how MemCachier can improve your web development process and significantly enhance your application’s performance. So, let’s dive in and unlock the full potential of Memcached on DigitalOcean with MemCachier.

What is Memcached, and why should you use it?

Memcached is an open-source, high-performance, distributed memory object caching system that enables web applications to store and quickly retrieve data in memory. Developed initially to speed up dynamic web applications by reducing the database load, Memcached has become a go-to solution for developers seeking to optimize their applications’ performance.

The primary purpose of Memcached is to store key-value pairs in memory, which allows your application to access this data with minimal latency. By caching frequently used data, such as the results of database queries or complex calculations, Memcached reduces the need to fetch or compute the same data repeatedly. This results in faster page load times, improved user experience, and reduced server load.

Why you should consider using Memcached for your web application:

1. Improved performance: Memcached’s in-memory storage enables blazing-fast data retrieval, significantly reducing the time spent waiting for database queries or calculations.

2. Scalability: As your application grows, Memcached can efficiently distribute its cache contents across multiple servers, ensuring it remains performant and resilient even under heavy loads.

3. Simplicity: Memcached is designed to be straightforward to use, with a simple API and minimal configuration required. Its ease of use makes it an excellent choice for developers looking to implement caching without a steep learning curve.

A brief introduction to DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean is a cloud computing platform that provides developers and businesses with a simple and robust infrastructure for deploying, managing and scaling applications. Founded in 2011, DigitalOcean has rapidly become one of the most popular choices for web developers and startups looking for affordable and user-friendly cloud services.

What is MemCachier?

MemCachier is a fully managed caching service that simplifies setting up and using Memcached in your web applications. Built for seamless integration with cloud platforms like DigitalOcean, MemCachier offers developers a streamlined and hassle-free way to implement high-performance caching in their applications without worrying about the complexities of managing a cluster of Memcached servers.

Here are some of our key features:

Fully managed service: MemCachier takes care of the underlying server infrastructure, including setup, configuration, monitoring, and maintenance, allowing you to focus on your application’s core functionality.

Effortless scaling: As your application grows, you can quickly scale your cache size without changing your app’s code, ensuring optimal performance even under increasing load.

High availability: MemCachier caches are spread across many servers. When one of those servers goes down, you’ll only lose a small percentage of your cache and hence only see a slight increase in cache misses.

Comprehensive analytics and monitoring: MemCachier offers cache metrics, historical usage statistics, and customizable alerts, giving you valuable insights into your cache’s performance and helping you make informed decisions about optimizing your caching strategy. Learn how to Debug, Optimize and Monitor Your Memcache With the MemCachier Advanced Analytics Dashboard

Exceptional customer support: MemCachier’s team of caching experts is available to assist you with any questions or issues you may encounter. You’ll speak directly with engineers.

In short, MemCachier is a robust, reliable, and easy-to-use managed caching service that enables you to harness the full power of Memcached on DigitalOcean without the hassle of managing it yourself. By choosing MemCachier, you can unlock the performance benefits of Memcached while enjoying a streamlined and worry-free experience.

How to set up Memcached on DigitalOcean

We’ll look at two options for setting up Memcached on DigitalOcean: Manual installation, and using the MemCachier Add-On from the DigitalOcean Marketplace.

Option 1: Manual installation and configuration of Memcached

Memcached can be installed and configured manually on a DigitalOcean Droplet (a virtual private server). At a high level, this process involves the following steps:

  • Creating a new Droplet with a compatible Linux distribution (e.g., Ubuntu, CentOS)
  • Accessing the Droplet via SSH
  • Installing Memcached using the package manager (e.g., apt or yum)
  • Configuring Memcached settings, such as memory allocation and connection options
  • Setting up Memcached to run as a service and start automatically upon system boot
  • Configuring your application to connect to the Memcached instance

For step-by-step guides, check out DigitalOcean’s tutorials on How To Install and Secure Memcached.

While this method offers the most control over the Memcached setup, it also requires a higher level of technical expertise and involves managing the Memcached server and updates yourself.

Option 2: The MemCachier DigitalOcean Marketplace Add-On

In two clicks, you can provision a Memcached-compliant cache with the MemCachier Add-On from the DigitalOcean Marketplace.

The process involves the following steps:

  • Go to the MemCachier Add-On page and click Add MemCachier
  • On the following screen, give the cache a name. Choose a Plan. Plans start at Developer $0/mo. Then, select the same Region you created your Droplet or App Platform app in. Finally, click Add MemCachier
Screenshot of the MemCachier Add-On on the DigitalOcean Marketplace

Within a minute or two, your cache will be provisioned, and you’ll be able to access its configuration variables. Add capacity later as needed by selecting a different plan—no need to change any code.

For information on how to integrate MemCachier with your app, see our documentation and check out the following tutorials:


MemCachier is the most reliable, powerful, and easy way to use Memcached on DigitalOcean. By offering a fully managed service, effortless scaling, high availability, advanced security features, comprehensive analytics and monitoring, and exceptional customer support, MemCachier takes the hassle out of caching and allows you to focus on building and optimizing your application.

To get started, create a free cache with the MemCachier DigitalOcean Marketplace Add-On.

You can also provision a cache with us directly for AWS and PythonAnywhere.