Using Memcached on Engine Yard Cloud
Updated: April 22nd, 2013
What is memcached
Memcached is a high-performance, in-memory key-value store that can be used to speed up your Rails applications by caching the results of database calls, API calls or page rendering.
Using memcached in a clustered environment
The first step is to add dalli to your Gemfile:
By default, EY Cloud sets up and monitors memcached on solo, app master and app instances. We also write a memcached config file,
memcached.yml , to your application's shared config directory,
/data/yourapp/shared/config/ . This file will be symlinked to
/data/yourapp/current/config/memcached.yml when you deploy your application.
Finally, we need to parse the
memcached.yml and tell Dalli where our memcached servers are located. We can do this by adding the following to
# parse the memcached.yml memcached\_config = YAML.load\_file(Rails.root.join('config/memcached.yml')) memcached\_hosts = memcached\_config['defaults']['servers'] # pass the servers to dalli setup config.cache\_store = :dalli\_store, \*memcached\_hosts
When app instances are added or removed, your
memcached.yml will be updated automatically. So your application will always be using the correct hosts.
Unfortunately, Dalli offers no support for Rails 2.3 applications. However, Rails 2.3 comes with a prebundled version of the memcache-client. We simply need to make the following updates to
# parse the memcached.yml memcached\_config = YAML.load\_file(Rails.root.join('config/memcached.yml')) memcached\_hosts = memcached\_config['defaults']['servers'] # pass the servers to memcached setup config.action\_controller.cache\_store = :mem\_cache\_store, \*memcached\_hosts
Using a utility instance as your memcached server
To run memcached on a utility instance, first of all, follow the steps listed above to setup your cache store to use the hosts listed in
Next, you will have to use a custom Chef recipe to set up memcached to run on your utility instance. The following is an example of a Chef recipe that will set up memcached on a utility instance named memcached. It will then write a new version of
memcached.yml that points to the utility instance.
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