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Deploying Memcached on Kubernetes Engine

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Deploying Memcached on Kubernetes Engine

GSP116

In this lab you'll learn how to deploy a cluster of distributed Memcached servers on Kubernetes Engine using Kubernetes, Helm, and Mcrouter. Memcached is one of the most popular open source, multi-purpose caching systems. It usually serves as a temporary store for frequently used data to speed up web applications and lighten database loads.

Objectives

  • Learn about some characteristics of Memcached's distributed architecture.
  • Deploy a Memcached service to Kubernetes Engine using Kubernetes and Helm.
  • Deploy Mcrouter, an open source Memcached proxy, to improve the system's performance.

Memcached's characteristics

Memcached has two main design goals:

  • Simplicity: Memcached functions like a large hash table and offers a simple API to store and retrieve arbitrarily shaped objects by key.
  • Speed: Memcached holds cache data exclusively in random-access memory (RAM), making data access extremely fast.

Memcached is a distributed system that allows its hash table capacity to scale horizontally across a pool of servers. Each Memcached server operates in complete isolation from the other servers in the pool. Therefore, the routing and load balancing between the servers must be done at the client level. Memcached clients apply a consistent hashing scheme to appropriately select the target servers. This scheme guarantees the following conditions:

  • The same server is always selected for the same key.
  • Memory usage is evenly balanced between the servers.
  • A minimum number of keys are relocated when the pool of servers is reduced or expanded.

The following diagram illustrates at a high level the interaction between a Memcached client and a distributed pool of Memcached servers.

Setup and Requirements

Qwiklabs setup

What you'll need

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  • Access to a standard internet browser (Chrome browser recommended).
  • Time. Note the lab's Completion time in Qwiklabs, which is an estimate of the time it should take to complete all steps. Plan your schedule so you have time to complete the lab. Once you start the lab, you will not be able to pause and return later (you begin at step 1 every time you start a lab).
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Log in to Google Cloud Console

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The Google Cloud Shell

Activate Google Cloud Shell

From the GCP Console click the Cloud Shell icon on the top right toolbar:

Then click "Start Cloud Shell":

It should only take a few moments to provision and connect to the environment:

This virtual machine is loaded with all the development tools you'll need. It offers a persistent 5GB home directory, and runs on the Google Cloud, greatly enhancing network performance and authentication. Much, if not all, of your work in this lab can be done with simply a browser or your Google Chromebook.

Once connected to the cloud shell, you should see that you are already authenticated and that the project is already set to your PROJECT_ID:

gcloud auth list

Command output

Credentialed accounts:
 - <myaccount>@<mydomain>.com (active)
gcloud config list project

Command output

[core]
project = <PROJECT_ID>

If it is not, you can set it with this command:

gcloud config set project <PROJECT_ID>

Command output

Updated property [core/project].

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