Amazon ElastiCache for Redis

Redis compatible in-memory data store built for the cloud. Power real-time applications with sub-millisecond latency.

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is a blazing fast in-memory data store that provides sub-millisecond latency to power internet-scale real-time applications. Built on open-source Redis and compatible with the Redis APIs, ElastiCache for Redis works with your Redis clients and uses the open Redis data format to store your data. Your self-managed Redis applications can work seamlessly with ElastiCache for Redis without any code changes. ElastiCache for Redis combines the speed, simplicity, and versatility of open-source Redis with manageability, security, and scalability from Amazon to power the most demanding real-time applications in Gaming, Ad-Tech, E-Commerce, Healthcare, Financial Services, and IoT.


Extreme performance

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis works as an in-memory data store to support the most demanding applications requiring sub-millisecond response times. In comparison to disk-based databases where most operations need a roundtrip to disk, in-memory data stores manage data in-memory which is an order of magnitude faster than disks. The result is – blazing fast performance with average read or write operations taking less than a millisecond and support for millions of operations per second. ElastiCache gives you an optimized end-to-end hardware + software stack for blazing fast performance.


Fully Managed and Hardened

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is a fully managed service. You no longer need to perform management tasks such as hardware provisioning, software patching, setup, configuration, monitoring, failure recovery, and backups. ElastiCache continuously monitors your clusters to keep your Redis up and running so that you can focus on higher value application development. It provides detailed monitoring metrics associated with your nodes, enabling you to diagnose and react to issues quickly. ElastiCache adds automatic write throttling, intelligent swap memory management, and failover enhancements to improve upon the availability and manageability of open source Redis. Learn more about Amazon ElastiCache for Redis »



Redis is a widely adopted in-memory data store for use as a database, cache, message broker, and queue. Amazon ElastiCache for Redis maintains compatibility with the open source Redis data formats, Redis APIs, and works with Redis clients. You can migrate your self-managed Redis workloads to ElastiCache for Redis without any code change. Learn more about open-source Redis »



Highly Available and Reliable

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis supports Redis cluster mode and provides high availability via support for automatic failover by detecting the primary node failure and promoting the replica to be the primary with minimal impact. It allows for read availability for your application by supporting read replicas (across availability zones), to enable the reads to be served when the primary is busy with the increased workload. ElastiCache for Redis supports enhanced failover logic to allow for automatic failover in cases when majority of the primary nodes for Redis cluster mode are unavailable. Learn more about automatic failover for ElastiCache »


Easily Scalable

With Amazon ElastiCache for Redis, you can start small and easily scale your Redis data as your application grows - all the way up to a cluster with 6.1 TiB of in-memory data. It supports online cluster resizing to scale-out and scale-in your Redis clusters without downtime and adapts to changing demand. To scale read capacity, ElastiCache allows you to add up to five read replicas across multiple availability zones. To scale write capacity, ElastiCache supports Redis cluster which enables you to partition your write traffic across multiple primaries. Learn more about scaling ElastiCache »


Secure and Compliant

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis supports Amazon VPC, enabling you to isolate your cluster to the IP ranges you choose for your nodes and use them to connect to your application. Also, ElastiCache team continuously monitors for known security vulnerabilities in open-source Redis, operating system, and firmware, and promptly applies the security-related patches to keep customers’ Redis environment secure. It is HIPAA eligible and offers encryption in transit, at rest, and Redis AUTH for secure internode communications to help keep sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII) safe. Learn more about VPC for ElastiCache »


How it works

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Use cases

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is a great choice for real-time transactional and analytical processing use cases such as caching, chat/messaging, gaming leaderboards, geospatial,   machine learning, media streaming, queues, real-time analytics, and session store.


Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is a great choice for implementing a highly available, distributed, and secure in-memory cache to decrease access latency, increase throughput, and ease the load off your relational or NoSQL databases and applications. ElastiCache can serve frequently requested items at sub-millisecond response times, and enables you to easily scale for higher loads without growing the costlier backend databases. Database query results caching, persistent session caching, and full-page caching are all popular examples of caching with ElastiCache for Redis. Learn how to build a caching application with ElastiCache for Redis.

Caching with Redis

Chat and Messaging

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis supports the PUB/SUB standard with pattern matching. This allows ElastiCache for Redis to support high performance chat rooms, real-time comment streams, and server intercommunication. You can also use PUB/SUB to trigger actions based on published events. Learn how to build a chat application with ElastiCache for Redis.

Chat and Messaging with Redis

Gaming Leaderboards

Real-time gaming leaderboards are easy to create with Amazon ElastiCache for Redis. Just use the Redis Sorted Set data structure, which provides uniqueness of elements while maintaining the list sorted by their scores. Creating a real-time ranked list is as simple as updating a user's score each time it changes. You can also use Sorted Sets to handle time series data by using timestamps as the score.

Gaming Leaderboards with Redis


Amazon ElastiCache for Redis offers purpose-built in-memory data structures and operators to manage real-time geospatial data at scale and speed. You can use ElastiCache for Redis to add location-based features such as drive time, drive distance, and points of interests to your applications. Learn how to build a geospatial application with ElastiCache for Redis.

Geospatial with Redis

Machine Learning

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis gives you a fast in-memory data store to build and deploy machine learning models quickly. Use ElastiCache for Redis for use cases such as fraud detection in gaming and financial services, real-time bidding in ad-tech, and matchmaking in dating and ride sharing to process live data and make decisions within tens of milliseconds. Learn how Coffee Meets Bagel uses ElastiCache for real-time machine learning-based dating recommendations.

Machine Learning with Redis

Media Streaming

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis offers a fast, in-memory data store to power live streaming use cases. ElastiCache for Redis can be used to store metadata for user profile and viewing history, authentication information/tokens for millions of users, and manifest files to enable CDNs to stream videos to millions of mobile and desktop users at a time.

Media Streaming with Redis


Amazon ElastiCache for Redis offers List data structure making it easy to implement a lightweight, persistent queue. Lists offer atomic operations as well as blocking capabilities, making them suitable for a variety of applications that require a reliable message broker or a circular list.

Queues with Redis

Real-time Analytics

Use Amazon ElastiCache for Redis with streaming solutions such as Apache Kafka and Amazon Kinesis as an in-memory data store to ingest, process, and analyze real-time data with sub-millisecond latency. ElastiCache is an ideal choice for real-time analytics uses cases such as social media, ad targeting, personalization, IoT and time-series data analytics.

Real-time Analytics with Redis

Session Store

Amazon ElastiCache for Redis is highly suited as a session store to manage session information such as user authentication tokens, session state, and more. Simply use ElastiCache for Redis as a fast key-value store with appropriate TTL on session keys to manage your session information. Session management is commonly required for online applications, including games, e-commerce websites, and social media platforms. Learn how to use ElastiCache for Redis as a session store.

Redis as a session store


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