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Memcached vs Redis: What are the differences?

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; Redis: An in-memory database that persists on disk. Redis is an open source, BSD licensed, advanced key-value store. It is often referred to as a data structure server since keys can contain strings, hashes, lists, sets and sorted sets.

Memcached can be classified as a tool in the "Databases" category, while Redis is grouped under "In-Memory Databases".

"Fast object cache", "High-performance" and "Stable" are the key factors why developers consider Memcached; whereas "Performance", "Super fast" and "Ease of use " are the primary reasons why Redis is favored.

Memcached and Redis are both open source tools. It seems that Redis with 37.4K GitHub stars and 14.4K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Memcached with 9K GitHub stars and 2.6K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Redis has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3261 company stacks & 1782 developers stacks; compared to Memcached, which is listed in 755 company stacks and 267 developer stacks.

Decisions about Memcached and Redis
Matthew Evans

The obvious volatile memory choices were either Memcached or Redis. We eventually sided with Redis as it natively handled replication, and this replication fell under the PCI responsibility scope of AWS. This added duribility meant that if a redis node were to die, our downtime would be in the seconds, rather than 15 minutes which we would incur using Memcached

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Mark Harrison
Director at Werarewe | 9 upvotes 路 11K views

The requirement was the classic "cache the results of a SQL query for a period of time."

While the Internet is full of "Redis is fuller featured" posts, the key issue for us was the actual performance. We discovered, in various stress scenario testing, that Memcached outperformed Redis for simple key-value retrieval dramatically (over twice as fast.) That's not to say that Redis is bad - we use that in other places where the requirements are more sophisticated than simple key/value retrieval.

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Pros of Memcached
Pros of Redis
  • 137
    Fast object cache
  • 128
    High-performance
  • 90
    Stable
  • 65
    Mature
  • 33
    Distributed caching system
  • 11
    Improved response time and throughput
  • 3
    Great for caching HTML
  • 2
    Putta
  • 879
    Performance
  • 536
    Super fast
  • 511
    Ease of use
  • 441
    In-memory cache
  • 321
    Advanced key-value cache
  • 190
    Open source
  • 179
    Easy to deploy
  • 163
    Stable
  • 152
    Free
  • 120
    Fast
  • 40
    High-Performance
  • 39
    High Availability
  • 34
    Data Structures
  • 32
    Very Scalable
  • 23
    Replication
  • 20
    Great community
  • 19
    Pub/Sub
  • 17
    "NoSQL" key-value data store
  • 14
    Hashes
  • 12
    Sets
  • 10
    Sorted Sets
  • 9
    Lists
  • 8
    BSD licensed
  • 8
    NoSQL
  • 7
    Async replication
  • 7
    Integrates super easy with Sidekiq for Rails background
  • 7
    Bitmaps
  • 6
    Open Source
  • 6
    Keys with a limited time-to-live
  • 5
    Strings
  • 5
    Lua scripting
  • 4
    Awesomeness for Free!
  • 4
    Hyperloglogs
  • 3
    outstanding performance
  • 3
    Runs server side LUA
  • 3
    Networked
  • 3
    LRU eviction of keys
  • 3
    Written in ANSI C
  • 3
    Feature Rich
  • 3
    Transactions
  • 2
    Data structure server
  • 2
    Performance & ease of use
  • 1
    Existing Laravel Integration
  • 1
    Automatic failover
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Object [key/value] size each 500 MB
  • 1
    Simple
  • 1
    Channels concept
  • 1
    Scalable
  • 1
    Temporarily kept on disk
  • 1
    Dont save data if no subscribers are found
  • 0
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Cons of Memcached
Cons of Redis
  • 2
    Only caches simple types
  • 14
    Cannot query objects directly
  • 2
    No secondary indexes for non-numeric data types
  • 1
    No WAL

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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.

What is 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.

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What are some alternatives to Memcached and Redis?
Ehcache
Ehcache is an open source, standards-based cache for boosting performance, offloading your database, and simplifying scalability. It's the most widely-used Java-based cache because it's robust, proven, and full-featured. Ehcache scales from in-process, with one or more nodes, all the way to mixed in-process/out-of-process configurations with terabyte-sized caches.
Varnish
Varnish Cache is a web application accelerator also known as a caching HTTP reverse proxy. You install it in front of any server that speaks HTTP and configure it to cache the contents. Varnish Cache is really, really fast. It typically speeds up delivery with a factor of 300 - 1000x, depending on your architecture.
Hazelcast
With its various distributed data structures, distributed caching capabilities, elastic nature, memcache support, integration with Spring and Hibernate and more importantly with so many happy users, Hazelcast is feature-rich, enterprise-ready and developer-friendly in-memory data grid solution.
MongoDB
MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding.
Couchbase
Developed as an alternative to traditionally inflexible SQL databases, the Couchbase NoSQL database is built on an open source foundation and architected to help developers solve real-world problems and meet high scalability demands.
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