Announcements, New Features, and How Tos
On May 29th MemCachier was on the front page of Hacker News for just over two hours. Although I was initially super excited about the exposure we got, the excitement faded when we observed hardly any impact to our meaningful metrics – new and upgraded customers. The rest of this post will explain exactly how the Hacker News exposure impacted us.
MemCachier is a new service. Since May we’ve been growing more rapidly than we anticipated, and we’ve been struggling to catch up. Some of you may have been noticing short downtime that happens every few days.
First, let me apologize about this downtime. We’re working hard to resolve the issue, and we’re not proud that it’s taken us this long to get there. However, in an attempt to be honest and upfront, I want to explain what’s going on and how we’re trying to address the issue.
Amongst all the Facebook IPO buzz was a little website that let anyone make a prediction about what the closing price would be on IPO day, facebookipodayclosingprice.com. James Proud put the site together super quickly at the request of Chris Sacca.
In-memory caches, like MemCachier, are great for speeding up access to popular or expensive database queries. But they can also help if your app uses an external data-source like the Facebook Developer API. Unfortunately, such APIs are often too high latency to service dynamic social applications alone. For example, I built a simple Facebook application that relies on caching to provide real-time search of users’ social graph. You can check it out here, or grab the code from GitHub here.
I’m happy to announce that MemCachier is up and running on Heroku private beta. If you use Heroku and are interested in helping test a new memcached service, join the Heroku beta program and help out! For the duration of the test period you’ll get free memcached services for your Heroku app.