Redis vs. AWS ElastiCache

Compare Redis Enterprise and AWS ElastiCache and see why we’re the clearer, faster path to success.

Meet the real Redis

If you’re deploying Redis workloads on AWS, you’ve probably heard of—or even use—AWS ElastiCache. But the truth is, ElastiCache isn’t Redis. Instead, it’s a Redis-compatible imitator managed by AWS with limited extra functionality.

Here at Redis, we’re obsessed with making our technology the best it can be. It’s this commitment that led to Redis Enterprise—A Redis that goes beyond simple caching to deliver robust, fast technology that can power enterprise-grade caching or extend Redis to a new generation of use-cases. It’s the clear path to success with Redis once you’ve outgrown open source or ElastiCache.
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Set a new standard with Redis Enterprise

Deploy in any cloud

Don’t limit your tech stack to AWS. Use a single Redis service with the flexibility to deploy in Kubernetes, hybrid environments, or any cloud.

Avoid costly downtime

Reduce risk in your stack with enterprise-grade reliability—and an SLA that saves you 45 minutes of downtime per year vs. ElastiCache.

Pay less to do more

Build faster apps without breaking the bank thanks to an incredibly cost-efficient infrastructure—and fixed plans that are 10% less expensive than ElastiCache on average.

Build better with Redis

Scale without adding overhead as you grow and build global apps with Active-Active Geo Distribution—and access the functionality that helps our customers deploy 2X faster.

Get support from the team who built Redis

Redis is our sole focus. Give your team peace of mind knowing they’re backed by the team that builds, manages, and supports Redis.

Evolve beyond caching

Build next-generation, real-time apps using Redis as a primary database, real-time search engine, vector database‌, and more.

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AWS ElastiCache vs. Redis Enterprise

AWS ElastiCacheRedis Enterprise
Deploy in Any CloudAvailable as fully managed DBaas

Can be deployed on premises
AWS Only

AWS, Azure, Google Cloud

Avoid Costly DowntimeSLA Availability

Automated failure detection <10 seconds

Support RDB snapshotting

Persist every operation with AOF


Pay less to do moreAuto Tiering technology maintains performance while cutting cost at scale

Built-in multi-tenancy to fully utilize infrastructure

100% usable Redis keyspace your dollar spent

Build better RedisSupport offered for Redis clients (Jedis, node-redis, redis-py, NRedis Stack, Go Redis

Active-Active Geo Replication for simultaneous reads and writes to multiple geographically distributed nodes with data consistency

Scales Linearly with shared nothing architecture

Get support from team that built Redis24 x 7=365 Support supplied by AWS general supportExperts that built Redis
Evolve beyond cachingAdditional core data structures JSON, vector and time series

Index and query data in real time with Search + JSON

Supports vector search and can be used as a vector database
JSON only

Our customers tell good stories

We were between two solutions in our search for a cache, Redis Cloud and Amazon ElastiCache. Redis Cloud was a far better overall solution than ElastiCache. Redis Cloud’s performance and failover were second to none

Arjun Yadav
Chief Technology Officer

Related Resources


  • What is Redis?
    • Redis, an acronym for Remote Dictionary Server, is an open-source, in-memory data structure store. It can function as a database, cache, and message broker. Originating in 2009 and developed by Salvatore Sanfilippo, Redis has since gained popularity for its performance, flexibility, and broad support for various data structures. One key feature of Redis is in-memory storage: Redis stores all its data in memory, ensuring low-latency operations, making it suitable for high-performance applications. The versatility of Redis has led to its adoption in a wide range of applications, from caching web pages for faster load times to acting as a message broker in real-time communication systems.
  • What is Redis Enterprise?
    • Redis Enterprise is the commercial version of open-source Redis. It is designed to support enterprise-grade workloads and applications. Developed and maintained by Redis, Redis enterprise enhances the capabilities of Redis by offering features tailored for businesses that require high availability, scalability, and performance. Redis Enterprise also provides advanced security features, including SSL/TLS encryption, and role-based access control, and integration with AWS CLI and AWS Management Console for enhanced security and management. The robustness and versatility of Redis Enterprise has made it a preferred choice for businesses worldwide, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, for use cases ranging from caching and session storage to real-time analytics and machine learning. Redis Enterprise also seamlessly integrates with various Amazon Web Service tools like Amazon S3 data storage and EC2 instances, making it a comprehensive solution for diverse needs.
  • What is Amazon ElastiCache?
    • Amazon ElastiCache is a web service offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deploy Redis in AWS. It is fully managed by Amazon and commonly used for basic caching and session storage.
  • What are Core Differences Between Redis Enterprise and ElastiCache?
    • Both Redis Enterprise and Amazon ElastiCache are advanced caching solutions designed to optimize the performance of web applications. However, their features and offerings differ in several key areas. While both solutions cater to similar use cases, the choice between Redis Enterprise and ElastiCache often boils down to specific requirements, scalability needs, and integration preferences.
  • What are Some Differences in Integration and Ecosystem?
    • Integration capabilities and the surrounding ecosystem play a pivotal role in the adoption and effectiveness of caching solutions. Both Redis Enterprise and Amazon ElastiCache offer a range of integration options, but they differ in their ecosystem support and partnerships.
  • Can I migrate from open-source Redis to Redis Enterprise or ElastiCache?
    • Yes, both Redis Enterprise and ElastiCache support migration from open-source Redis. Redis Enterprise offers tools and documentation to facilitate the migration process, while ElastiCache provides the Redis replication feature to migrate data.
  • How do both solutions ensure data security?
    • Redis Enterprise provides features like SSL/TLS encryption, role-based access control, and VPC peering. ElastiCache offers encryption at rest and in transit, along with integration with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) for access controls.