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Error: elasticache network bandwidth out allowance exceeded

What's Causing This Error

The error "elasticache network bandwidth out allowance exceeded" occurs when the total outbound data transfer from your ElastiCache instances surpasses the allocated limit. This can happen due to various reasons, such as a sudden increase in traffic, inefficient cache utilization, or improper configurations. Bandwidth allocation is crucial for maintaining the performance and stability of your ElastiCache instances, so when this limit is exceeded, AWS generates an alert to notify you of the situation.

Solution - Here's How To Resolve It

To resolve the "elasticache network bandwidth out allowance exceeded" error, several approaches can be taken:

  1. Monitor your usage: Regularly monitor your ElastiCache metrics to identify patterns and trends that might lead to bandwidth issues. AWS CloudWatch can help with this task by providing real-time monitoring.
  2. Optimize caching policies: Review your caching strategies and consider implementing more efficient ones, like Least Recently Used (LRU) or Most Recently Used (MRU) algorithms.
  3. Data compression: Compress the data before storing it in the cache to reduce the size of outbound traffic.
  4. Cache partitioning: Split your cache across multiple smaller nodes, which can distribute the traffic and reduce the chance of exceeding the bandwidth limit.
  5. Increase the bandwidth limit: If your application genuinely requires more bandwidth than currently allocated, consider upgrading your ElastiCache instance type or contacting AWS Support to request a higher limit.

Remember to thoroughly test any changes made to ensure they do not negatively impact the overall performance and functionality of your ElastiCache instances.

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