Couchbase Blog

October 8, 2010

Writing your own storage engine for Memcached, part 2

In the previous blog post I described the engine initialization and destruction. This blog post will cover the memory allocation model in the engine interface.

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October 5, 2010

A Great Day for Membase

Whenever I talk about Membase with candidates, employees, or friends, I feel more and more excited about what we are building and how it is going to impact the industry. Each discussion validates my belief that what we do *is* unique and a game changer. Just today, we had two important “wins,” one from a prospect who evaluated our technology against other NoSQL databases and chose Membase. I can’t talk much about it yet, but this is an amazing win. The second is the fact that IDC chose us as an innovative company to watch. Great day!

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October 4, 2010

Writing Your Own Storage Engine for Memcached

I am working full time on membase, which utilize the "engine interface" we're adding to Memcached. Being the one who designed the API and wrote the documentation, I can say that we do need more (and better) documentation without insulting anyone.

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October 4, 2010

Membase Recognized by IDC

Winning awards is always fun. Over the years, companies I’ve been part of have won their fair share. But not all awards are created equal. Some definitely carry more weight than others, and I put the IDC Innovative Company to Watch award in this category. The fact that IDC does extensive research on the markets they address, talks regularly to a broad set of vendors and customers, and has a rigorous process for award selection all brings great credibility to the award. The award certainly has great meaning for us and I suspect this is also true for organizations who are thinking through what database to use for their next project. As a small company it’s always a challenge to get the word out about your products and this is particularly true when you’re in a space like NoSQL where there are lots of competing technologies. Membase wasn’t one of the first NoSQL products in the market, so it’s encouraging that our innovative work and early customer success is being recognized so quickly. We’re very proud that while IDC could have given the award to any of the many NoSQL contenders, they chose to give it to us.

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September 23, 2010

Membase Server Beta 4 is here, with memcached buckets!

We NorthScalers have been hard at work and are proud to release Membase Server Beta 4, our final Beta release ahead of our general availability release. Go and grab it here! In addition to support for 64-bit Windows, we think you'll be particularly excited by a major new feature in the release: memcached buckets! Introducing Memcached Buckets You now can create buckets in your Membase Server cluster that behave exactly like memcached, which means you can use Membase Server as a drop-in replacement for your existing memcached setup. In a single cluster you can now share the resources between memcached buckets and membase buckets. Let's look at the differences between memcached and membase bucket types:

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September 14, 2010

Membase and RightScale: Elastic Data Scaling in the Cloud

I am very excited that Membase ServerTemplates are now up and running on the RightScale Cloud Management Platform (see today’s announcement). RightScale customers now have easy access to a leading NoSQL database for the first time, and Membase customers can rest easy that when they’re ready to deploy their applications in the cloud they can take advantage of the leading cloud management platform in the industry. For those who may not be familiar with RightScale ServerTemplates, they’re really cool.

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September 3, 2010

Membase and Open Source 4.0

I read Matt Aslett's (The 451) post on the golden age of open source with interest. In it he describes that we've arrived at the fourth stage of open source, which is ”in short: a return to a focus on collaboration and community, as well as commercial interests."

What we're doing with membase.org definitely falls in line with this description although with a slightly different twist. NorthScale saw the need for a simple, fast, and elastic NoSQL database that we felt wasn’t being met by existing technologies. When it became clear that many prominent companies shared this view and were committed to an open source solution, NorthScale stepped in to shepherd the development of a broad community around the membase.org project. Consistent with Matt Aslett’s description of open source 4.0, the result is a project with an “emphasis on collaboration and community rather than control." While NorthScale has contributed the bulk of the code to the project, our customers Zynga and NHN are co-sponsors of the project who have a strong commitment to its success. This blurring of the line between vendor and customer – the collaboration between two seemingly opposite sides of a transaction – has long set open source apart from the large proprietary vendors who want nothing more than a lock on their customers.

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August 31, 2010

Implementing Membase Clients

Recently, Attila Kiskó, the author of the best .NET memcached client, the Enyim .NET memcached client, has been enhancing his client library to speak directly to membase data nodes.  Membase already supports all existing memcached client libraries and memcached protocols via a high-performance proxy, but there's a "direct path" that client libraries can use for ever-increased performance.  Along the way, we ended up with a quick guide on the membase.org wiki on how to create your own native or "smart" membase client lib

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August 30, 2010

NorthScale Membase Server Beta 3 is Here!

I am excited to announce that NorthScale Membase Server 1.6 Beta3 is now available and ready for download. This beta release adds a lot of new functionality and reflects most of what you’ll find in the final product. Highlights include:

  • Windows support
  • Multi-tenancy – allows multiple buckets on a single cluster including bucket quotas
  • “Cluster Overview” as a new monitoring dashboard
  • And lots of small improvements and bug fixes, of course!

Let’s take a look at these features in a bit more detail: Windows support is by far one of the most frequently requested features, and we are very pleased to offer it with this beta release. Beta3 provides 32-bit Windows support, with 64-bit support on the way (Note: The 32bit binary runs just fine on Windows 64-bit but is subject to the 32-bit memory limits). The Windows version provides the same feature set as our Linux version.

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August 13, 2010

Preview of Membase Beta 3

Hey everyone, Things are moving at the speed of light over here and I wanted to take a second to come up for air. We just had our 7th weekly beta webinar and this week I did a demo/preview (albeit quick) of some of the features and functionality coming in our soon-to-be-released beta 3. Check out the recorded webinar for a sneak-preview and then download the real thing when it's available. Thanks for all the feedback and please keep it coming. P.S.

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