Using ElastiCache Redis as an In-Memory Key-Value Store - AWS OpsWorks

Using ElastiCache Redis as an In-Memory Key-Value Store


AWS OpsWorks Stacks is no longer accepting new customers. Existing customers will be able to use the OpsWorks console, API, CLI, and CloudFormation resources as normal until May 26, 2024, at which time they will be discontinued. To prepare for this transition, we recommend you transition your stacks to AWS Systems Manager as soon as possible. For more information, see AWS OpsWorks Stacks End of Life FAQs and Migrating your AWS OpsWorks Stacks applications to AWS Systems Manager Application Manager.


This topic is based on a Linux stack, but Windows stacks can also use Amazon ElastiCache (ElastiCache). For an example of how of how to use ElastiCache with a Windows instance, see ElastiCache as an ASP.NET Session Store.

You can often improve application server performance by using a caching server to provide an in-memory key-value store for small items of data such as strings. Amazon ElastiCache is an AWS service that makes it easy to provide caching support for your application server, using either the Memcached or Redis caching engines. AWS OpsWorks Stacks provides built-in support for Memcached. However, if Redis better suits your requirements, you can customize your stack so that your application servers use ElastiCache Redis.

This topic walks you through basic process of providing ElastiCache Redis caching support for Linux stacks, using a Rails application server as an example. It assumes that you already have an appropriate Ruby on Rails application. For more information on ElastiCache, see What Is Amazon ElastiCache?.