Data caching may sound dull – but it opens up a world of opportunity!
There’s just something magical about giving gifts at Christmas. Earlier this week, we pushed the button on another mail-out to our dedicated customers – detailing for them a new gift basket of platform features and improvements – and just in time for the festive season. Our developers have been working their Christmas jumpers off to build and deliver a host of incremental changes which we hope will bring joy to all of our users as we head into the new year.
And I’m pleased to say that we’re working on another set of features which we’re hoping to deliver just before 2018 is upon us – so keep your eyes peeled!
But we’ve been building something else behind the scenes. In previous blogs I’ve used words like ‘infrastructure improvements’. Staying ahead of our own growth – and building a platform able to scale in parallel with our own aspirations – has been high on our development list over the last three months. We’ve made big steps forward in providing extra redundancy to our systems and faster code (meaning a quicker user interface) through a number of back-end projects.
We’re approaching the end of one of the most significant infrastructure projects so far – an improved caching mechanism. Caching – in basic terms – is collecting data centrally, and distributing it to where it’s needed. This gives us the ability to seamlessly add new web applications hosted in different countries or regions around the world; but talking to the same set of data. And accessing web applications in close proximity to the end user means a faster (and better) experience for all.
But it doesn’t stop there. We’re delivering an improved file storage and encryption system alongside, as well as more detailed logging – meaning our development team can more easily monitor the inner workings of our system in its real-world environment – allowing for pre-emptive bug fixes and optimisation of code to meet the customer’s needs.
Cache is important, and will help us – and our customers – accelerate off into 2018.