Amazon Web Services Launches ElastiCache Managed Caching
Amazon Web Services is adding yet another cloud infrastructure tool to its ever-expanding lineup with the launch of Amazon ElastiCache. AWS describes ElastiCache as an easy way for cloud developers to “deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud.”
The benefits of ElastiCache, according to Amazon’s official blog entry, is to speed the performance of web applications by allowing developers to leverage managed, in-memory caching rather than relying on disk-based databases. Amazon is also promoting ElastiCache’s compatibility with the Memcached standard, so code, applications and tools that work in a Memcached environment will work with the new AWS offering with no changes required.
Amazon ElastiCache is aimed primarily to help cloud ISVs build value and boost performance for “many read-heavy application workloads (such as social networking, gaming, media sharing and Q&A portals) or compute-intensive workloads (such as a recommendation engine).”
Billing is based on the size of the cache nodes used, and prices start at 9.5 cents per hour. ElastiCache is currently only available from the AWS U.S. East region, with the rest of Amazon’s regional data centers getting the service over the next few months.
From where I’m standing, this sounds a lot like Microsoft Windows Azure AppFabric caching, which recently ended its free-trial phase. Which offering will bring all the cloud ISVs to the yard? Stay tuned to TalkinCloud for clues.