Question: How to create ElastiCache in AWS?


Amazon ElastiCache is a managed, in-memory caching service that can help improve the performance of web applications running on AWS. It supports two popular open-source in-memory caching engines - Redis and Memcached.

To create an ElastiCache cluster in AWS, follow these steps:

Step 1: Sign in to the AWS Management Console

Go to the AWS Management Console and sign in with your AWS account credentials.

Step 2: Navigate to the ElastiCache service

From the AWS Management Console, navigate to the ElastiCache service.

Step 3: Create a new cluster

Click on the "Create" button to create a new ElastiCache cluster.

Create ElastiCache Cluster

Step 4: Configure the cluster

On the "Create Cache Cluster" page, configure the following settings:

  • Cluster engine: Choose either Redis or Memcached.
  • Name: Give your cluster a name.
  • Node type: Select the node type based on your requirements.
  • Number of replicas: Specify the number of read replicas for high availability (not applicable for Memcached).
  • Primary Availability Zone: Choose the primary availability zone for your cluster.
  • VPC: Choose the VPC where you want to launch your cluster.
  • Subnet group: Choose the subnet group where you want to launch your cluster.
  • Security group: Choose the security group for your cluster.

Create ElastiCache Cluster Configuration

Step 5: Review and create the cluster

Review the configuration settings for your cluster and click on "Create" to launch your ElastiCache cluster.

Once your cluster is created, you can connect to it using the endpoints provided by AWS. You can also configure your applications to use ElastiCache as a caching layer to improve performance.

Here's an example of how to connect to a Redis ElastiCache cluster using the redis-cli command-line utility:

$ redis-cli -h -p 6379

Replace with the endpoint of your own ElastiCache cluster.

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