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Amazon ElastiCache vs Memcached: What are the differences?

What is Amazon ElastiCache? Deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud. ElastiCache improves the performance of web applications by allowing you to retrieve information from fast, managed, in-memory caches, instead of relying entirely on slower disk-based databases. ElastiCache supports Memcached and Redis.

What is Memcached? High-performance, distributed memory object caching system. Memcached is an in-memory key-value store for small chunks of arbitrary data (strings, objects) from results of database calls, API calls, or page rendering.

Amazon ElastiCache can be classified as a tool in the "Managed Memcache" category, while Memcached is grouped under "Databases".

"Redis" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon ElastiCache over the competitors, whereas "Fast object cache" was stated as the key factor in picking Memcached.

Memcached is an open source tool with 9K GitHub stars and 2.6K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Memcached's open source repository on GitHub.

Facebook, Instagram, and Dropbox are some of the popular companies that use Memcached, whereas Amazon ElastiCache is used by Airbnb, Instacart, and Asana. Memcached has a broader approval, being mentioned in 755 company stacks & 267 developers stacks; compared to Amazon ElastiCache, which is listed in 349 company stacks and 79 developer stacks.

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Pros of Amazon ElastiCache
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    Redis
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    High-performance
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    Backed by amazon
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    Elastic
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    Fast object cache
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    Mature
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    Distributed caching system
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    Improved response time and throughput
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    Great for caching HTML
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      Only caches simple types

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    What is Amazon ElastiCache?

    ElastiCache improves the performance of web applications by allowing you to retrieve information from fast, managed, in-memory caches, instead of relying entirely on slower disk-based databases. ElastiCache supports Memcached and Redis.

    What is Memcached?

    Memcached is an in-memory key-value store for small chunks of arbitrary data (strings, objects) from results of database calls, API calls, or page rendering.

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    What are some alternatives to Amazon ElastiCache and Memcached?
    Redis
    Redis is an open source (BSD licensed), in-memory data structure store, used as a database, cache, and message broker. Redis provides data structures such as strings, hashes, lists, sets, sorted sets with range queries, bitmaps, hyperloglogs, geospatial indexes, and streams.
    Elasticsearch
    Elasticsearch is a distributed, RESTful search and analytics engine capable of storing data and searching it in near real time. Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash are the Elastic Stack (sometimes called the ELK Stack).
    Azure Redis Cache
    It perfectly complements Azure database services such as Cosmos DB. It provides a cost-effective solution to scale read and write throughput of your data tier. Store and share database query results, session states, static contents, and more using a common cache-aside pattern.
    Amazon DynamoDB
    With it , you can offload the administrative burden of operating and scaling a highly available distributed database cluster, while paying a low price for only what you use.
    Amazon SQS
    Transmit any volume of data, at any level of throughput, without losing messages or requiring other services to be always available. With SQS, you can offload the administrative burden of operating and scaling a highly available messaging cluster, while paying a low price for only what you use.
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