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Memcached is a high-performance, distributed memory object caching system

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Frontend Web Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

My experience with the npm package was good, I love the ease of use and simplicity of it. I used it a while ago but the link to it is https://www.npmjs.com/package/memcached. Because it's so simple I could create a wrapper that could be used internally in our project. It definitely solved the issues we were facing with our web application rendering times. We achieved our desired results after implementation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

With the simplicity can come many implementations which could possibly be the not recommended way. Not really a dislike but it would have been interesting for me to have more resources to understand exactly what's going on under the hood. Other than that there's not much more I can say. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Watch tutorials before implementation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speed and reliability. We were having some serious speed issues before realizing that we needed some sort of caching layer between what we were doing. We started realizing we had caching issues when our site started to take longer than a couple of seconds to load. Once we looked further into the issue we realized that before rendering the web page we were doing a ton of database queries before rendering, which caused massive delays. Once we cached those query results in the rendering layer we ended up having massive performance boosts. We also did a layer of caching for HTTP requests that needed results from external services. We ended up getting the desired web performance after implementing Memcached with our own customer wrapper layer. I would recommend Memcached to anyone that needs to implement a simple caching system for their web applications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Engineer
Internet
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that Memcached allows for storage in RAM. It is Key-Value, but storing a JSON string is easy and quick. Especially so when using for it's intended purpose as a cache without worrying about persistence. It's written in C, very close to the metal. Additionally, development on it is very active - with the most recent stable release a few months ago. I especially love that it can distribute its hash table across multiple machines, thus improving speed and reducing overall workload. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

While the prefered cleanup strategy is LRU (Least Recently Used) I would love to have the ability to change to LFU (Least Frequently Used) for instance. I am not aware of this being configurable. Care should also be taken to make sure that it is secure (typically user error). One should configure the application correctly and to only accept connections from whitelisted applications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure you tie up security in the config before going live. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it primarily purely as a cache, no persistence. It sped up our load times and user lookup for subsequent visits and page loads dramatically, in the order of 300% to 400% faster load times. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Web developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

It is fast than I've estimated, totally it solved my headache. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Everything is ok. I'd like to use Memcached in the future. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Good to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

fast access Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Simplicity, integration is pretty fast, you can integrate in minutes. A good amount of libraries for different frameworks Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I actually don't like some protocol implementations, like pylibmc Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are storing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Memcache is supported by a huge set of development tools, has great library support Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Using the TEXT protocol vs. the BINARY protocol can be required to get some clients to work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

make sure to use the latest version of memcached, and be forewarned that there is no security guardrails. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use memcached as a sideline cache, to prevent having to go to the database for data that we've recently retrieved. Due to the automatic cache expiration timing feature, we can rest assured that when we fetch something from memcached, it will be "fresh", or non-existent. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Architect
Information Technology and Services
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's as fast and as stable as it can be. It never crashed. Its performance is unbeatable because of its simplicity, it does what it has to do, and it does it very well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Lack of features. It used to be the best option, but now there are more alternatives (eg, Redis) that are as fast as Memcached. The key and value size limits might be a problem for some. The limit of 1 index is also a problem. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Unless you need an extreme performance boost, try Redis first. It has fewer limitations and it also performs pretty good. Use Memcached only if you need only a key-value volatile cache. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Web site performance. I've used to cache data, reports, authentication tokens, etc. It freed a lot of work from the database and the network. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineer
Internet
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's extremely easy to install and start using memcached in your server and also in your local development environment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not as useful and extensible as Redis. I would not recommend it over it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Also consider Redis and other solutions. Memcached is pretty easy to configure and use, but every tool has its specific pros and cons. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use memcached for web session management and for key-value storage as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

very fast database for storing keys and other information into memory that would normally be heavy on other databases / applications to request the data. ability to cluster the memcache servers in a distributed pool for high availability and reliability. integrates with many languages using modules/api (such as c, php, perl, python, etc) allowing greater flexibility for usage. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

it's meant for specific use cases really. assuming that the server restarts, any of the cached data will be gone (it wasn't meant to save it long term). there's some other products that are supposed to be better as well, although i haven't had a need to try/use any of them yet for the purpose of the applications being used with memcached. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

tuning appropriately for your resources available is necessary to get the best performance. it works great for API's, scripts, web applications, etc. it's almost hard to not find a good use for this program, although other one's such as redis may also be useful and one would need to evaluate which one may be the better solution. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

misc_check custom script used with keepalived for the purpose of self adjusting dynamic weights of services (primarily http/s) being load balanced based on the the node system load being checked. it's extremely fast and reliable for the custom check being used and can be integrated for many types of services checked. the daemon itself doesn't really require a large amount of memory, however that would be dependent more so on such data being stored and accessed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Ease of use, reliability. Very robust, fast information retrieval, simple integration with any system. Reliable service that has been available for many years so can be relied on. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Lack of persistence without add-ons can cause problems, need to ensure you aren't saving any data you can't rebuild. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Keep it simple, and don't store anything you can't rebuild. Construct scripts to warm the cache on reboots if your caching is vital to app performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Faster page and api loads by utilizing it as a cache layer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

It's blazing fast. As you would expect for something that is being kept in memory but needing to temporarily store something to be accessed one ore more times in the near future by multiple systems it is really hard to beat. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There really isn't much of anything to dislike about Memcached. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have an app that is consuming data from a database, you can more than likely utilize Memcached on some level. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We store user data and report data in Memcached so our application limits the amount of DB queries we need to perform (redundant reports, for example). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineer
Marketing and Advertising
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's fast. 1000 times faster than going to the DB Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It can only hold 1MB. It can make coding more complicated Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The speedup is generally worth the increased problems with having things stored and not being cleared out when they are updated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

speed by not going to the DB for info. speed Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Tekton
Computer & Network Security
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Memcached is remarkably easy to install and, at least for PHP, supports two fantastic programmatic interfaces for data access and manipulation. The pooling capability allows for multiple servers to share the cache load and prevent the system from ever becoming a bottleneck. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

All data lives in memory, which is great for performance, but poor in case the server needs to go down for a reboot. If you rely too heavily on the in-memory cache, your data can mysteriously disappear at times and a fresh boot of the application can feel sluggish compared to normal operation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a highly-performance, in-memory cache to alleviate data lookup bottlenecks due to the high latency of MySQL and similar data servers. Using Memcached to offload the lookup burden from the database has been huge to building performant web applications and has increased our ability to serve multiple concurrent visitiors. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Team Lead
Financial Services
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

it's easy to implement the caching by using this. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

there is no user interface to monitor the system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

if you want implement some caching to your project with the tight deadline, then this is one for you. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we want to cache lots of values in our production environment. It is easy to implement and maintain. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Head Software Engineer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Simple operations, great documentation and great performance. The fact that there are numerous binding to all languages is a bonus. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Watch out for very large object. Memcached is a KV caching system, don't try to put in their too much stuff. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Very good KV store, with very good performance, ease of use and documentation. Keep in mind large object. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Research on KV stores performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Engineer
Real Estate
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Memcached has the most simplistic setup and usage that I have seen (so far) in a caching server. Despite the fact that I was trying to implement it into a monolithic monster, Memcached exceeded all expectations and we hit our deadline for completion a week early. What I liked most about Memcached is that implementing it is almost as simple as adding simple if-then statement throughout you application. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

While the simplicity of Memecached is a huge advantage, I am left wanting more from it yet. Retrieval of cached fragments at it's most basic form is exactly what Memecached offers, but no more. A more advanced system for grouping and management of previously cached data would benefit the application immensely. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Does your company currently use a caching strategy for their web application? If not, use Memcached. If for some reason you implement it, you have the ability to roll-back and revert to your previous system because Memcached is so ease to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speed. Before using Memecached, my server was performing constant database lookups and that took a huge toll on performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Developer
Computer Software
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Memcached is fast and can store large volumes of data without problems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Defaults need to be changed to accept bigger payloads. Had cache misses when a 10mb marshalled object was being rejected. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speed up applications with caching. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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