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Amazon ElastiCache

Amazon ElastiCache is a great managed Redis or Memcached service. ElastiCache with the Redis engine is great for caching expensive responses or queries. It is great if you need a distributed mutex. It is great as a message broker. If you need Redis but don't have the resources to manage it yourself, consider ElastiCache. It may not be economical for very large scale installations, however.
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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

  • Amazon ElastiCache is fully-managed. Our team is small, and our ability to configure, monitor and patch Redis will never be our competitive advantage.
  • Amazon ElastiCache is fast and scalable. It is easy to scale reads with replicas.
  • Amazon ElastiCache is integrated with CloudWatch. You get metrics out-of-the-box, and it is easy to create alerts for them.
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  • Flexibility
  • Easy to learn and use
  • AWS integration
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Cons

  • Amazon ElastiCache is expensive.
  • The AWS Console for ElastiCache is not the most intuitive console.
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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

  • Amazon ElastiCache has increased developer velocity; developers can use fully-managed versions of the tools they like, Redis and Memcached.
  • We monitor our cluster better; CloudWatch metrics are provided out-of-the-box, and it is easy to create alerts for them.
  • Amazon ElastiCache is reliable; we can focus on shipping features rather than availability.
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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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Amazon ElastiCache

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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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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