Why your MySQL needs Redis

5 Jun 2020 | Database, MySQL, Optimization, Perfomance, Redis

If you have MySQL or a similar relational database, you may probably need features to complement it and reduce your costs. Moreover, speeds up your time to market the new applications, and allows you and your team to focus on innovating new solutions.
Since companies must innovate to compete and survive in the market, if you responsible for innovation in your enterprise, you face two questions:
1. “How to introduce new features, applications and solutions faster?” Or…
2. “How to achieve scale economies and reduce costs?”
Surely you could address all of the questions mentioned above in one shot: by using Redis
Above all, Redis enables you to boost the performance of your applications without the need to replace your backend databases. Likewise, it is also high speed, low latency, in-memory database giving your developers more power to develop highly engaging applications.
Finally, with client libraries available in over sixty programming languages, you could integrate most of your applications with Redis. Redis is lightweight and flexible. You could deploy it as a software onpremises, as a container or on the cloud.

How Redis Complements MySQL

Certainly, being an in-memory key-value data store, Redis is extremely fast and flexible. Therefore it’s often called a “Swiss Army Knife” for data processing. It has built-in data structures such as Lists, Hashes, Sets, Sorted Sets, Bitmaps, Hyperloglog, and Geospatial Indices that help you perform some data operations more efficiently and effectively when compared to a relational database.
You incorporate Redis into your architecture as a “system of engagement,” e.g. the system that stores the hot data that the users engage with, while designating your MySQL as the “system of record,” e.g. the database that holds the truth. With this approach you don’t disrupt the compliance, regulatory and governance needs of your data.
Image Introducing Redis behind the data access layer

Introducing Redis behind the data access layer

In any event, setting up Redis behind the data access layer (as shown above) keeps Redis behind the curtains and maintains the flexibility offered by the abstraction provided by the data access layer.

Redis, the Swiss Army Knife for Developers

In general, Redis provides your developers with all the tools they need to develop highly engaging, data-centric applications. So, given the data structures and highly optimized commands available in Redis with which to manage your data, you can find more than one way to leverage Redis for your applications.
In addition to the examples described above, Redis can be used as a message broker, data structure store, and temporary data store for a variety of use cases. Essentially, Redis enables you to get your data closer and faster to your end user. If you flip this around, Redis also enables you to collect the data faster and quicker from your end users. With RAM’s increasing affordability and the persistence features in Redis, more and more developers are using Redis as a primary database for both transactions and analytics.
Of course, Redis Enterprise takes your experience with Redis to a higher level, becauset offers critical enterprise capabilities such as high availability, in-memory replication, auto scaling, re-sharding, etc. In conclusion, your investment in Redis Enterprise will not only meet your immediate needs, but also make you future-proof.
Lastly, learn more about this subject in more detail: download the ebook “Why Your MySQL Needs Redis” and learn more!

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