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How Redis is Used in Practice

In a recent eye opening survey of 116 redis users, we at Redis Labs were pleasantly surprised by the enormous breadth and depth of Redis usage. 71% of respondents were planning to increase their usage of Redis as their data, applications and users scaled up. Some of our other favorite data points were:

1 Top applications using Redis spanned Analytics, Mobile, Social, Retail, Financial, Gaming – and in addition to these – there was an additional long tail of 16 other different types of applications. We knew Redis is a favorite, we found out that the love is spread out all across the board!

2Almost half the respondents had more than a single use case for Redis. We expected caching would be a popular use case for Redis, what we hadn’t expected was how many people used it to handle message queues, as their primary datastore and for high speed data ingest (total of 70% across all three). Dr Josiah Carlson, author of the extremely popular book ‘Redis in Action’, delivered a webinar on top use cases of Redis – in which he reviews several more including distributed locking, ad targeting and many more. You can watch the full webinar here.

3We also asked respondents why they chose Redis – and of course, Redis was chosen for its blazing fast performance – but that isn’t all. Redis is a persistent datastore despite being in-memory and the high availability features of Redis make it quite popular. The versatility of Redis – its highly optimized and high performing data structures are a huge reason for the growing widespread adoption too!

The sample companies included in this survey ranged from tiny startups like Fifth Planet Games and Learnbop to really large companies like Nordstrom, Telstra, Fitbit and spanned a range of industries too. For more detail on the survey, do reach out on Twitter to @leena_joshi2015.

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