Amazon ElastiCache vs MemCachier: What are the differences?
Developers describe Amazon ElastiCache as "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. On the other hand, MemCachier is detailed as "The easiest, most advanced managed memcache for the cloud". MemCachier provides an easy and powerful managed caching solution for all your performance and scalability needs. It works with the ubiquitous memcache protocol so your favourite language and framework already supports it.
Amazon ElastiCache and MemCachier can be categorized as "Managed Memcache" tools.
Some of the features offered by Amazon ElastiCache are:
- Support for two engines: Memcached and Redis
- Ease of management via the AWS Management Console. With a few clicks you can configure and launch instances for the engine you wish to use.
- Compatibility with the specific engine protocol. This means most of the client libraries will work with the respective engines they were built for - no additional changes or tweaking required.
On the other hand, MemCachier provides the following key features:
- Seamless scalability
- Multiple proxy servers
"Redis" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon ElastiCache over the competitors, whereas "Easy add-on to heroku" was stated as the key factor in picking MemCachier.
Airbnb, Instacart, and Asana are some of the popular companies that use Amazon ElastiCache, whereas MemCachier is used by StackShare, Heroku, and thoughtbot. Amazon ElastiCache has a broader approval, being mentioned in 349 company stacks & 79 developers stacks; compared to MemCachier, which is listed in 41 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.
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We decided to use MemCachier as our Memcached provider because we were seeing some serious PostgreSQL performance issues with query-heavy pages on the site. We use MemCachier for all Rails caching and pretty aggressively too for the logged out experience (fully cached pages for the most part). We really need to move to Amazon ElastiCache as soon as possible so we can stop paying so much. The only reason we're not moving is because there are some restrictions on the network side due to our main app being hosted on Heroku.
I use a micro elesticache instance as a shared session store between the Node.js clusters of dojo.zerotoherojs.com and nightly.zerotoherojs.com
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