Error: elasticache unable to backup redis

What's Causing This Error

The error "elasticache unable to backup redis" typically occurs when Amazon ElastiCache is unable to create a snapshot of your Redis cluster. This can be caused by several factors, such as insufficient permissions on the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role associated with ElastiCache, reaching the maximum allowed number of snapshots for your account, a misconfiguration in the Redis instance itself, or issues related to the underlying hardware or network connectivity.

Solution - Here's How To Resolve It

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Verify Permissions: Ensure that the IAM role associated with your ElastiCache instance has the necessary permissions to create and manage snapshots (elasticache:CreateSnapshot, elasticache:DeleteSnapshot, and elasticache:DescribeSnapshots).
  2. Check Snapshot Limits: Confirm that you haven't reached the maximum allowed number of snapshots for your account. If you have, delete any unnecessary snapshots to free up space.
  3. Review Redis Configuration: Ensure that the Redis instance is properly configured for creating backups. For example, check if the configuration file has 'save' directives enabled with correct intervals.
  4. Monitor System Health: Investigate the underlying hardware and network conditions to identify any bottlenecks or failures that could cause the backup process to fail. Check CloudWatch metrics for any abnormalities or error messages.
  5. Contact AWS Support: If none of the above steps resolve the issue, reach out to AWS Support for further assistance, as there might be an underlying issue that requires their expertise.

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