Reviews (1-2 of 2)
February 07, 2019
Score 9 out of 10
The engineering and data science teams at my organization used Redis-flavored ElastiCache to cache recommendations and other personalization data that changes infrequently and is expensive to compute. Redis is great, but we don't want to manage it. It has been easy for us to scale reads with replicas and scale writes with shards.
- 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.
- Amazon ElastiCache is expensive.
- The AWS Console for ElastiCache is not the most intuitive console.
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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.
We use ElastiCache as a general purpose cache layer in its Memcached compatible mode. This is in our backend stack and used to store anything which needs to be shared between multiple hosts. Primarily, this is database query result sets but does include a number of other items too.
- Easy to set up and zero maintenance
- Relatively low cost
- Drop-in replacement for Memcached service
- 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.
Read Andrew Raines's full review
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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Redis labs Enterprise, Azure Cache, GCP Memorystore
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