What's Up at Gear6? Nothing Good, We Hear


Gear6, a Mountain View, Calif.-based maker of Memcached-based appliances for the cloud, seems to have hit hard times, as it’s filed for assignment for the benefit of creditors. The 4-year-old company has a pretty heavyweight line-up of executives, including Tom Shea, formerly CEO of Roxio and Mirra, and Martin Patterson, formerly head of Sun’s (s java) N1 Grid System and co-founder of Terraspring, as its VP of engineering.

According to industry sources, Gear6 filed to liquidate its assets on Friday; I’ve reached out to the company but am still waiting to hear back. Rival Schooner Infotech, meanwhile, is wasting no time feasting off Gear6 — it’s offering to help Gear6 customers looking to transition to its hardware.

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What are thoughts of memcached (or redis for that matter) as a simple, worry-free elastic service rather than a virtual appliance (more of an S3 model)?

Alan Wilensky

The entire appliance methodology is so ill-conceived…or,,,,just not destined to domiate. XML appliances – fail. Integration boxes….mostly fail with one exception and the exception is the clever marketing.

Memecached boxes? Are we saying that installing and configuring a performance add-on (designed to address limitation of an era of DB servers) is too hard?

I was unfortunately tasked with evaluating the 06-07 era of “boxes” – I cooked off with them, I surveyed real installations, and may I say the following, nothing has changed my mind –

The “xxx” (puit your technology there in the XXX) is merely a way for less sophisticated buyers to sign off on a piece of special tech that really belongs on general purpose server, a VM, or supplied by your managed services or Colo provider.

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