IBM Cloud Databases vs. Redis Software

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM Cloud Databases
Score 8.3 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Databases are open source data stores for enterprise application development. Built on a Kubernetes foundation, they offer a database platform for serverless applications. They are designed to scale storage and compute resources seamlessly without being constrained by the limits of a single server. Natively integrated and available in the IBM Cloud console, these databases are now available through a consistent consumption, pricing, and interaction model. They aim to provide a cohesive…N/A
Redis Software
Score 9.1 out of 10
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Redis is an open source in-memory data structure server and NoSQL database.N/A
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
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Community Pulse
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Considered Both Products
IBM Cloud Databases
Chose IBM Cloud Databases
We previously hosted our own Redis and RabbitMQ cluster. Before switching to IBM Compose we evaluated Redis Lab, Scalegrid, AWS ElastiCache, CloudAMQP and others. We still host our core database (MongoDB) ourselves.
Chose IBM Cloud Databases
Solr was not available on Compose and had to be hosted internally
Chose IBM Cloud Databases
Aiven backup options are very limited (you can't download backups and you don't have an API) and their dashboard is incomplete and without an optimal design; but they accept way more data centers, and they have more pricing options.
Chose IBM Cloud Databases
It was very easy to set up at the time with a few clicks to get a database set up and hooked into Heroku, one of the PaaS-s we're using.
Chose IBM Cloud Databases
It feels very similar but Compose was there first. I haven't used MongoDB Atlas in anger yet but it does seem to be more comprehensive.
Chose IBM Cloud Databases
We currently use both Heroku and Compose. Heroku is our PAAS choice for our application servers. As mentioned, previously, the cost of some compose services for development / staging / testing servers was getting costly. For these type of servers we don't need the high …
Chose IBM Cloud Databases
We use Amazon's RDS (MySQL database), Redislabs (Redis) and also MongoDB's Atlas. They all have their own advantages and disadvantages. For us, MongoDB's Atlas and Compose are obviously similar services. For now, we use Atlas to try new things (since they run the latest stable …
Chose IBM Cloud Databases
Compose has a better web interface which is why I originally chose them. But now, I'm glad they also offer Redis and other DB's I need for my stack.
Chose IBM Cloud Databases
We use AWS's ElasticCache for our Redis database as well as AWS's RDS for Postgres.
Chose IBM Cloud Databases
We use other providers for Redis, but we may switch to Compose to keep things under the same roof. Redis is so simple, though, and Compose is a bit pricier than alternatives. For MongoDB, however, we have not considered switching to another provider because we are totally …
Chose IBM Cloud Databases
Being part of IBM Global Entrepreneur program, it was the obvious choice.
Redis Software

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Top Pros
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Features
IBM Cloud DatabasesRedis Software
Database-as-a-Service
Comparison of Database-as-a-Service features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cloud Databases
7.4
93 Ratings
16% below category average
Redis Software
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Ratings
Automatic software patching8.377 Ratings00 Ratings
Database scalability8.387 Ratings00 Ratings
Automated backups7.090 Ratings00 Ratings
Database security provisions8.783 Ratings00 Ratings
Monitoring and metrics5.387 Ratings00 Ratings
Automatic host deployment6.669 Ratings00 Ratings
NoSQL Databases
Comparison of NoSQL Databases features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cloud Databases
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Ratings
Redis Software
9.2
69 Ratings
5% above category average
Performance00 Ratings10.069 Ratings
Availability00 Ratings9.069 Ratings
Concurrency00 Ratings9.068 Ratings
Security00 Ratings8.063 Ratings
Scalability00 Ratings9.469 Ratings
Data model flexibility00 Ratings9.962 Ratings
Deployment model flexibility00 Ratings9.362 Ratings
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Small Businesses
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Score 8.1 out of 10
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Score 8.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 8.1 out of 10
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Score 8.1 out of 10
Enterprises
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IBM Cloudant
Score 8.1 out of 10
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Score 8.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
IBM Cloud DatabasesRedis Software
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(95 ratings)
7.6
(76 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(7 ratings)
8.7
(12 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(6 ratings)
8.2
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(10 ratings)
8.7
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM Cloud DatabasesRedis Software
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
Less Appropriate Scenario: 1) Small Scale or Low Budget Projects 2) Organizations with limited expertise in cloud technologies may find the learning curve steep, especially if they are not familiar with the IBM Cloud platform 3) If database requirements are highly dynamic and change frequently, the comprehensive features and management provided by IBM Cloud Databases might be overkill. A more flexible, self-managed solution could be preferable for adapting to rapid changes.
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Redis
Redis has been a great investment for our organization as we needed a solution for high speed data caching. The ramp up and integration was quite easy. Redis handles automatic failover internally, so no crashes provides high availability. On the fly scaling scale to more/less cores and memory as and when needed.
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Pros
IBM
  • The ease of setup was effortless. For anyone with development experience, a few simple questions such as name and login data will get you set up.
  • The web application to manage cluster settings, billing settings and even introspect the data was simple and most importantly worked all the time. This can not always be said for web interfaces of other products.
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Redis
  • Easy for developers to understand. Unlike Riak, which I've used in the past, it's fast without having to worry about eventual consistency.
  • Reliable. With a proper multi-node configuration, it can handle failover instantly.
  • Configurable. We primarily still use Memcache for caching but one of the teams uses Redis for both long-term storage and temporary expiry keys without taking on another external dependency.
  • Fast. We process tens of thousands of RPS and it doesn't skip a beat.
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Cons
IBM
  • Better cost reports, before just increasing to another tier, thus increasing the price. This is critical for early stage startups, where budget is tight.
  • Add more data center options. As a comparison, a similar service, Aiven.io has dozen more options than Compose (basically all big cloud providers). We moved from AWS to Digital Ocean, which made us stop using Compose, since Compose forces us to be either on IBM or AWS.
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Redis
  • We had some difficulty scaling Redis without it becoming prohibitively expensive.
  • Redis has very simple search capabilities, which means its not suitable for all use cases.
  • Redis doesn't have good native support for storing data in object form and many libraries built over it return data as a string, meaning you need build your own serialization layer over it.
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Likelihood to Renew
IBM
IBM is our trusted partner which never failed to meet our expectations. Stability, efficiency, usability and security is a must have for our business which is fully provided by IBM Cloud Databases
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Redis
We will definitely continue using Redis because: 1. It is free and open source. 2. We already use it in so many applications, it will be hard for us to let go. 3. There isn't another competitive product that we know of that gives a better performance. 4. We never had any major issues with Redis, so no point turning our backs.
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Usability
IBM
It is great the only things I have stumbled upon is the non standard port 80 they use and sometimes expired SSL certificate.
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Redis
It is quite simple to set up for the purpose of managing user sessions in the backend. It can be easily integrated with other products or technologies, such as Spring in Java. If you need to actually display the data stored in Redis in your application this is a bit difficult to understand initially but is possible.
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Support Rating
IBM
Support is helpful enough, but we haven't always had questions answered in a satisfactory manner. At one time we realized that Compose had stopped taking database snapshots on its two-per-day schedule, and had in fact not taken one for many days. Support recognized the problem and it was fixed, but the lack of proactive checks and the inability to share exactly what happened has caused us to look elsewhere for production work loads
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Redis
The support team has always been excellent in handling our mostly questions, rarely problems. They are responsive, find the solution and get us moving forward again. I have never had to escalate a case with them. They have always solved our problems in a very timely manner. I highly commend the support team.
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Implementation Rating
IBM
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Redis
Whitelisting of the AWS lambda functions.
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Alternatives Considered
IBM
The reason why I choose IBM Cloud Databases is that the IBM cloud toolset is already being used in other functions of the company and by using IBM Cloud Databases, the other cloud tools are better embedded and integrated. If the company is set to use amazon tools, I would go for rds.
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Redis
We are big users of MySQL and PostgreSQL. We were looking at replacing our aging web page caching technology and found that we could do it in SQL, but there was a NoSQL movement happening at the time. We dabbled a bit in the NoSQL scene just to get an idea of what it was about and whether it was for us. We tried a bunch, but I can only seem to remember Mongo and Couch. Mongo had big issues early on that drove us to Redis and we couldn't quite figure out how to deploy couch.
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Return on Investment
IBM
  • Prove use cases prior to administering entire platform, obtain ROI faster
  • Able to achieve the technological components of our advanced analytics team without full scale purchase of AI platform
  • Developed several studies to prove out cloud Db value, speed to deploy
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Redis
  • Redis has helped us increase our throughput and server data to a growing amount of traffic while keeping our app fast. We couldn't have grown without the ability to easily cache data that Redis provides.
  • Redis has helped us decrease the load on our database. By being able to scale up and cache important data, we reduce the load on our database reducing costs and infra issues.
  • Running a Redis node on something like AWS can be costly, but it is often a requirement for scaling a company. If you need data quickly and your business is already a positive ROI, Redis is worth the investment.
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