April 27, 2010

Gear6 seems to have failed in the memcached market too

As previously noted, I’ve briefly cut back on blogging (and research) due to some family health issues. The first casualty was a post about memcached. One of the two companies to be featured were my new clients at Northscale. The other was Gear6. What they had in common was:

Differences included:

However, both GigaOm and eWeek are reporting that Gear6 is headed for liquidation. Even though the source of the story seems to be Gear6’s caching appliance rival Schooner, the rumor sounds legit, not least due to Gear6’s conspicuous lack of denial. Of course, we can’t rule out some kind of last-minute transaction that either keeps Gear6 going in some capacity, or else gets its technology into some other vendor’s hands.

Metrics on Gear6 as of my briefing a few weeks ago included:

I of course still plan to write about Northscale and memcached, but first I wanted to get Gear6’s apparent death throes out of the way in a separate post.

Incidentally, memcached is by no means Gear6’s original business. Gear6 was founded in 2002 as Engineered Intelligence Corporation to do something in the area of general high-performance clustering. In 2006 Gear6 said it was “solely focused” on storage, specifically the “server/storage gap”. By 2008 Gear6’s business was high-performance caching appliances, not necessarily memcached-specific. memcached, in software, appliance, and cloud-based formats, came more recently.

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  1. Chirpir News | Gear6 seems to have failed in the memcached market too | DBMS2 … on April 28th, 2010 12:32 am

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