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Question: What is the difference between Redis Cluster and Redis Cache?


Redis is an in-memory, key-value database known for its speed and flexibility. It has different modes of operation - standalone mode (or referred to as Redis Cache), sentinel mode and cluster mode. Let's explore their differences.

Redis Cache

This refers to the standalone Redis instance that can be used as a cache. It's a very simple setup with one Redis server handling all requests. However, its major drawback is that it lacks high availability, which means if your Redis server goes down, there won't be any automatic failover.

Here's an example of how you might use a standalone Redis instance as a cache:

import redis r = redis.Redis(host='localhost', port=6379, db=0) r.set('foo', 'bar') print(r.get('foo')) # outputs: 'bar'

In this example, we're using a Python Redis library to connect to a local Redis instance. We then set the value 'bar' for the key 'foo', and retrieve it.

Redis Cluster

Redis Cluster provides a way to run a Redis installation where data is automatically partitioned across multiple nodes. This gives you high availability through automatic failover and higher throughput by leveraging multiple nodes.

Here's an example of how you might connect to a Redis Cluster:

from rediscluster import RedisCluster startup_nodes = [{"host": "", "port": "7001"}] rc = RedisCluster(startup_nodes=startup_nodes, decode_responses=True) rc.set('foo', 'bar') print(rc.get('foo')) # outputs: 'bar'

In this example, we're using the Python Redis Cluster library to connect to a local Redis Cluster. We then set and retrieve a value in the same way as before.

In conclusion, the choice between Redis Cache (standalone mode) and Redis Cluster depends on your application's requirements. If high availability and scalability are important, then a Redis Cluster is likely the best choice. However, if your needs are simpler and you're primarily using Redis as a cache, then a standalone Redis instance may suffice.

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Dragonfly is fully compatible with the Redis ecosystem and requires no code changes to implement.