Announcing NodeChef Redis Hosting

Announcing NodeChef Redis Hosting

Today we are excited to launch NodeChef Redis, a new web service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale Redis in the cloud. Developers increasingly need a variety of datastores for their projects as there is no one size fits all database. Redis is being increasingly adopted by today’s web applications to significantly increase application performance. By giving developers on the NodeChef platform more databases to use, we are helping them to meet their needs of building modern, scalable applications.

Redis is a very popular key-value store, where keys can contain data structures such as strings, hashes, lists, sets, sored sets with range queries, bitmaps, hyperloglogs and geospatial indexes with radius queries. With Redis, the entire dataset lives in RAM, and because there is no support for expensive table joins or other aggregate computations, response times is always fast. Redis lacks durability guarantees and so it is recommended to use it alongside a more fully-featured database like MongoDB or MySQL. For example, Redis can be used as an enhanced caching system alongside MongoDB. There are many other advantages of adding Redis to your data stack. Some have been explained in this blog post.

We are bringing the same level of experience that developers have come to expect from the NodeChef platform. We have created a number of features that make it easy to operate Redis at scale on NodeChef. Some of the things you will like about NodeChef Redis include:

  • Simplicity. Developers are more productive when the tools and platforms they use are elegant and easy to use. Once you provision a Redis instance on NodeChef, we take care of all operational issues for you, 24/7. From the NodeChef dashboard, you can easily see how your instance is performing, like the amount of memory being used, CPU usage and requests per second.
  • Security. Your Redis deployment is fully secured with IP whitelisting and password authentication. Support for SSL connections to the server is also available at no additional charges.
  • Scalability. Your Redis instance auto scales or you can manually scale your deployment at any time without having to lose your cache. The NodeChef platform ensures a seamless upgrade of resources without any downtime.
  • High Availability. When application uptime is critical, NodeChef high availability plans offer in-memory replication, auto-failover, data persistence and backups. Slaves can be dynamically configured from the dashboard at any time to suit your requirements. The NodeChef platform ensures slaves and the master node fail independently by provisioning nodes across independent physical servers.

You can add a Redis instance to your app by logging into your account. Once you are in the NodeChef dashboard, Navigate to Deployments → Deploy Redis. Enter a name for the instance, configure the memory you need. Select the datacenter. We recommend that you pick the same location where your app and database containers are. Click ‘Launch Redis’

NodeChef hosted Redis plans start at $5. This basic plan does not include replication and auto-failover. High availability plans start at $10 and includes a rich set of features, like, in-memory replication, auto-failover, data persistence and backups.

As always we are interested in hearing your feedback. We have many more features and datastores we will be adding to the NodeChef platform. If you have any suggestions on what datastore we should support next, don’t hesitate to let us know.