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How to Set up and Configure Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB for Redis In-Memory Database

This article explains how to set up and configure Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB for Redis in-memory database

By Kelvin Galabuzi

What Is ApsaraDB for Redis?

Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB for Redis is a fully managed key-value storage cloud database that retrieves data from the in-memory cache to support resource-intensive reads and writes. ApsaraDB for Redis is secure, scalable, and supports various data types, such as strings, lists, sets, ordered sets, and hashes.

Alibaba Cloud provides an Individual and Enterprise free trial for ApsaraDB for Redis. You are eligible for a 4GB Master-Replica Instance for the individual free trial using the Dual-node hot standby architecture and running on the Standard edition of Redis for one month.

You can run an 8GB Master-Replica instance for the Enterprise free trial, using the dual-node hot-standby architecture running on the Standard edition for two months.

ApsaraDB for Redis Core Features

  • Multiple Redis Editions: ApsaraDB for Redis supports multiple editions of Redis, such as Community edition, Enhanced edition, and Redis Enterprise edition. Each edition comes with a variety of capabilities to support your specific business requirements.
  • Multiple Redis Architectures: ApsaraDB for Redis supports different business needs through various architectures, such as single shard, master replica, read/write splitting, and distributed cluster architectures.
  • Redis Data Security: ApsaraDB for Redis supports automatic backup and restoration, multi-layer network protection to protect against DDOS attacks, disaster recovery, and in-depth kernel optimization
  • Redis Dynamic Upgrades: ApsaraDB for Redis supports dynamic upgrades to improve your databases' performance, which includes ease in adjusting memory and upgrading the cluster architecture at any time to improve performance.
  • Operations and Maintenance: ApsaraDB for Redis integrates well with the Data Management service to monitor CPU utilization, memory, backup and restore operations, and kernel version management.

Setting up and Configuring an Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB for Redis Instance

  • Step 1: In the Alibaba Cloud Console, access the ApsaraDB for Redis service under the NoSQL Databases section:


  • Step 2: In the ApsaraDB for Redis console, click Create an instance with local disks:

Note: You can optionally select the cloud disks option depending on your preference.


  • Step 3: Select the Product type, Region, Deployment Type, Primary Zone, Network Type, VPC, VSwitch, Edition Type, Redis version, and Architecture Type:

Note for Production grade In-Memory database workloads: You should use the Enhanced edition to meet the Input/Output operations requirements and high-concurrency needs for most high database traffic applications.


  • Step 4: Select the Shards, Node type, Instance specifications, Password setting, and Instance name and click Buy Now.


  • Step 5: Review your configurations, accept the terms of service and click Activate Now:


  • Step 6: After a few minutes, the newly created instance will appear in the Instances section of the ApsaraDB for Redis console:


  • Step 7: You need to create an account to access your ApsaraDB for Redis instance. Select the Account Management section for your instance and assign the required Username and Password. Click OK to create the new account:


  • Step 8: Click the Log into Database button to log on to your Redis instance. This will load up the Data Management Service (DMS). Next, insert your Database Type to Redis, Instance Region, Instance ID, Access Mode, Database Account, and Password and click Login:


  • Step 9: Finally, you can start managing your ApsaraDB for Redis from the Data Management Service portal as shown in the picture:


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