Monday, August 22, 2011

Distributed cache platform with Windows Server AppFabric

Just run into an interesting post by Wictor Wilén, on the use of an extension to Windows Server called Windows Server AppFabric.

Every web project needs to take into account performance and one of the tools we have to improve it is caching. In a farm, we have multiple servers managing their own cache, leading to possibly different results in performance. Also, there is no sharing of resources among different applications, since caching is made in the process level.

This framework allows a wider definition of the caching policies, along with some interesting options, such as the use of dedicated servers for this task and not being restarted in each application pool recycle.

See the article here, with some hands-on instructions on how to set the environment and use the framework.

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