Azure In-Role cache performance

Category: azure storage


Wizz Droid on Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:15:34

We have very simple Poc:

 1. query a simple table from Azure database, e.g.: select * from TableA
 2. query TableA and put it into cache (in role cache)

    <dataCacheClient name="default">
      <autoDiscover isEnabled="true" identifier="Blablabla"/>
      <localCache isEnabled="true" sync="TimeoutBased" objectCount="1000" ttlValue="300" />

The funny thing is, Azure SQL query takes 45ms, but by using In Role cache it took about 1s.

Have I missed something?! Or it's just that bad?!


Gaurav Mantri on Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:36:50

1 second time you mentioned, is it for the 1st put? If that's the case, then it is expected as cache initialization is a time consuming process. Once the cache is initialized the puts and gets should be much faster.

Hope this helps.

Wizz Droid on Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:28:27

There's an article in the MSDN ( which was the base of our POC.

In the first attempt we used this code to get default cache
DataCacheFactory cacheFactory = new DataCacheFactory();
DataCache cache = cacheFactory.GetDefaultCache();
In the second attempt (after noticing this performance problem) we tried this code excerpt
DataCache cache = new DataCache("default");
AND it was faster than SQL query about 2 times (certainly we'll gain more against if we have multiple SQL queries). We realized that the GetDefaultCache() function caused this problem, especially when it's under heavy loading.