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Amazon ElastiCache

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Amazon SimpleDB

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Amazon ElastiCache

It is an extremely easy way to have a caching service added to your infrastructure. As it supports Redis and Memcached compatibility, it means it is very widely supported too and you don't have to do anything special to use ElastiCache. If you are already a Memcached user you can more than likely use ElastiCache as a drop-in replacement. However, for some of the more advanced setups, you may still need to run your own Redis/Memcached clusters.
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Amazon SimpleDB

Well suited for: Games, Chat rooms, real time software like corporate events, marathons and so. Anytime and anywhere you could use a NoSQL DB you should think of SimpleDB.
As an arduous AWS user, Amazon SimpleDB easily integrates with EC2 and other AWS module; and if you are not an AWS user, you also have a fantastic tool that will solve the problem for which you are focused.
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Pros

  • Easy to set up and zero maintenance
  • Relatively low cost
  • Drop-in replacement for Memcached service
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  • Flexibility
  • Easy to learn and use
  • AWS integration
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Cons

  • Doesn't quite have all the same rich feature set in some places. Some of the more advanced setups may not be able to be replicated on ElastiCache, so if you need to do anything in that area you may need to rethink the architecture or run your own nodes instead.
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  • Non AWS environments
  • Strict storage limit (but well we have DynamoDB for storage issues)
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It integrates beautifully with AWS. In some projects we use SimpleDB while we use DynamoDB for others, according to the characteristics of the project. If the infrastructure is AWS, we always think of one of them.
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Return on Investment

  • Basically, zero-maintenance Memcached clusters, meaning the time can be spent elsewhere rather than looking after our own.
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  • Reduced database administration time
  • Reduced data model analysis time
  • Lower cost of resources in projects in general
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Pricing Details

Amazon ElastiCache

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Amazon SimpleDB

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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