Earlier today, Microsoft and Redis Labs announced private preview availability of Redis Enterprise on Azure Cache for Redis, a significant milestone in the deepening strategic collaboration between our two organizations. The integration will be featured as two additional Enterprise tiers to the existing Azure Cache for Redis service.
More than ever, both developers and operators look to the cloud to address unprecedented demands on existing services as well as the need to re-invent and innovate. Financial service companies, healthcare providers, and retailers all benefit from instant-on, fully managed, highly scalable, and highly available services in these uncertain times. Operators don’t want the burden of deploying new infrastructure and don’t have the time to go through lengthy procurement cycles. Developers want access to the tools they need to build new apps and scale existing ones using well-known toolchains with an established, reliable developer experience.
Microsoft Azure is one of the most globally distributed and secure clouds on the market. The integration of Redis Enterprise features into Azure Cache for Redis combines Azure’s global presence, flexibility, and security and compliance, with Redis Enterprise’s unmatched availability, performance, and extended data-structure functionality. It addresses key scalability and innovation challenges critical to enterprises, including ensuring cross-regional reliability, cost-effective scaling, enabling new data structures, and expanding existing services in the future with a hybrid-cloud approach.
This joint offering already allows select customers to launch Redis Enterprise in the Azure portal just as they would any other native Azure service. Using the Azure Portal user interface, creating a new Redis Enterprise database and connecting it to your app is as easy as 1-2-3.
New enterprise tiers
Microsoft offers this fully managed, cloud-hosted version of Redis Enterprise as new Enterprise tiers of the well-established Azure Cache for Redis. These new tiers enhance the already popular open source based Azure product suite with support for the new Redis 6.0, Redis modules, Redis-on-Flash, as well as active geo-replication for seamless failover. As part of the collaboration, Microsoft will extend its continued commitment to the Redis open source project with community engagement and contributions adding to Redis Lab’s existing efforts as the home for Redis and the primary contributor to the Redis project.
Once in public preview later this year, the Enterprise tiers in Azure Cache for Redis will include:
- Compatibility with Redis OSS 6.0—the most secure version of Redis to date
- Active geo-replication across multiple geographies and smooth failover, delivering improved availability
- Redis on Flash (RoF) over Azure NVMe-enabled virtual machines
- Enterprise modules
- Datasets up to 15TB
- 50K concurrent connections that can be scaled up to 500K
- Support for network isolation
An easier buying process
This collaboration will also ease the procurement process for customers. The integrated Enterprise tiers will be available for customers to purchase in a similar way to existing Azure Cache for Redis tiers, eliminating the lengthy contractual processing required to sign a new vendor. Customers will also be introduced to new:
- Integrated billing
- Leveraging Azure consumption commitments towards a portion of Enterprise tier spend
The service is fully managed by Microsoft Azure and supported jointly by the Microsoft Azure and Redis Labs support and engineering teams.
This milestone is a culmination of more than a year of close collaboration between the Microsoft Azure and Redis Labs teams. We are very excited about what our teams have already achieved. We look forward to providing our customers—and the greater Redis community—with continually improving ways to deploy, operate, procure, and manage your data infrastructure, support innovative use cases, and address unprecedented demands for scale and performance.
To learn more about this exciting new offering, please:
- Tune-in to the RedisConf 2020 Takeaway live keynote session with Microsoft’s Julia Liuson, CVP Developer Division, and Redis Lab Co-Founder and CEO Ofer Bengal.
- Read Microsoft’s blog post from Julia Liuson.
- Read the Microsoft and Redis Labs press release.
- Sign-up for the public preview on Azure Marketplace.