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Amazon ElastiCache

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: The AWS re:Invent 2013 experience

Amazon ElastiCache is a fully managed caching service. ElastiCache is protocol-compliant with Memcached, an open source, high-performance, distributed memory object caching system for speeding up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load.

According to the Amazon website, ElastiCache makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud. The service improves the performance of web applications by enabling information retrieval from a fast, managed, in-memory caching system, instead of relying entirely on slower disk-based databases.

This was last updated in April 2013

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ElastiCache has evolved since this was published. Along with scalable memcached, ElastiCache now offers managed Redis, both for caching and for full data operations. For more details, see http://aws.amazon.com/elasticache/
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