What's New in NCache 4.4?

Latest features are in red. For a comprehensive list of all features in NCache, please read NCache Features.

DumpCacheData Tool

NCache now provides a tool through which a dump of the cache data can be written to a location specified by the user. This tool is designed for customers that need to restart their cache servers and they want to save their business critical data being held in the cache before restarting. The DumpCacheData tool enumerates cache data in a running cache and stores this data to any specified location. This data can then be reloaded to a new cache or the same cache.

LINQPad Integration

NCache provides integration with the popular .NET utility, LINQPad so you can use LINQPad to query cache data. The resulting data is shown in the LINQPad console in tabular form. LINQPad is a software utility often used to interactively query SQL databases using LINQ, as well as to interactively write C# without the need for an IDE.

HotApplicable Settings in Service Configuration

Some settings in NCache can now be changed on running caches without the need to restart the cache. We call this “HotApplicable”. Previously, changing settings in the service configuration file, such as NCacheServer.LicenseLogging and NCacheServer.EnableDebuggingCounters required restarting the cache. The list of HotApplicable settings are provided here.

Visual Studio Integration

NCache can now be integrated with Visual Studio 2010/2012/2013 (Enterprise & Community). Basic management and configuration operations can now be performed within the Visual Studio. NCache Developer installation now comes with an ‘NCache Manager’ extension which helps developers manage NCache from Visual Studio.

Entity Framework 6.0 Support

Entity Framework 6.0 and 6.1 integration is provided in NCache. NCache also provides caching extensions for Entity Framework 6.0 which allows developers more control over which entities to cache. This is available for developers who want greater control over the entities being cached, as an alternate to the ‘no-code-change configuration’ option.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Certification

NCache is certified for Windows Server 2012 R2. It has been tested by Microsoft’s approved tester and passed all compatibility tests. Microsoft validated that NCache works in accordance with Microsoft’s standards.

NCache SDK NuGet Package

NuGet is a package manager for Microsoft Visual Studio development in .NET. The NuGet Gallery is a central repository of all NuGet packages.

A NuGet package is provided for developers to build applications using NCache without installing NCache on their machines. With this package, developers can write their applications using an NCache API and test them with InProc cache. This gives you full control to use NCache SDK without installing it.

NCache in Azure Marketplace

NCache can be deployed in Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines with all its features. Additionally, the following features are available in Microsoft’s Azure environment exclusively for NCache and not provided by any other caching solution:

  1. Sharing ASP.NET Sessions across regions
  2. WAN replication of cache across regions
  3. Memcached Wrapper for NCache

NCache is available in Azure Marketplace.

NCache in Amazon Web Services (AWS)

NCache can be deployed in Amazon Web Services (AWS) as Virtual Machines with all its features. In AWS, NCache can either reside on the same Virtual Machine as the applications that are using it, or on separate Virtual Machines. The following caching features are available in AWS:

  1. Sharing ASP.NET Sessions across regions
  2. WAN replication of cache across regions
  3. Memcached Wrapper for NCache

NCache is available at AWS.

NCache is Now Open Source

NCache is also available as Open Source. NCache Open Source is released under the Apache 2.0 Open Source license. This provides the .NET developer community with unrestricted access to a truly elastic native .NET Distributed Cache. For more details please refer to the Edition Comparison page.