Quick Setup of a Redis on Flash Database
The steps to set up a Redis Enterprise Software cluster using Redis on Flash with a single node are simple and are as follows:
- Step 1: Install Redis Enterprise Software or launch with Docker container
- Step 2: Setup a Redis Enterprise Software cluster with Redis on Flash
- Step 3: Create a new Redis on Flash database
- Step 4: Connect to your new database
If you are looking for more detailed installation instructions you can visit the installing and upgrading section of the technical documentation.
Step 1: Install Redis Enterprise Software
Bare Metal, VM, Cloud Instance
To install on bare metal, VM, or instance; download the binaries from the Redis Enterprise download site. Once you have the bits on a Linux based OS, you need to untar the image
$ tar -vxf <downloaded tar file name>
Once the tar command completes, you will find a new install.sh script in the current directory.
$ sudo ./install.sh -y
If you prefer, you can also simply run the Redis Enterprise Software Docker container on Windows, macOS, and Linux
$ docker run -d --cap-add sys_resource --name rp -p 8443:8443 -p 12000:12000 redislabs/redis:latest
Step 2: Setup a Cluster and Enable Redis on Flash
Direct your browser to https://localhost:8443/ on the host machine to see the Redis Enterprise Software web console. Simply click the “Setup” button to get started.
On the “node configuration” page, select the “Enable flash storage support” checkbox and provide a cluster FQDN: “mycluster.local“. Then simply click the “Next” button.
If you don’t have a license key yet, click the “Next” button to try the trial version of the product.
On the next screen, set up a Cluster Administrator account using an email for the login and a password.
Step 3: Create a Database
Select the “new redis db flash” option.
On the “new redis on flash db” page, click the “show advanced option” link and enter “myredisflashdb” for a database name and “12000” for the endpoint port number. Then click “Activate” to create your database.
You now have a Redis Enterprise Flash database!
Step 4: Connecting to your Database
With the Redis database created, you are ready to connect to your database to store data. You can use one of the following ways to test connectivity to your database:
- Connecting with redis-cli, the built-in command-line tool
- Connecting with a “hello world” application using Python
Connecting Using redis-cli
Run redis-cli, located in the /opt/redislabs/bin directory, to connect to port 12000 and store and retrieve a key in database1
$ sudo /opt/redislabs/bin/redis-cli -p 12000 127.0.0.1:16653> set key1 123 OK 127.0.0.1:16653> get key1 "123"
Connect with a simple Python app
A simple python application running in the host machine can also connect to the database1.
In the command-line Terminal, create a new file called “redis_test.py”
$ vi redis_test.py
Paste the following into a file named “redis_test.py“.
import redis r = redis.StrictRedis(host='localhost', port=12000, db=0) print ("set key1 123") print (r.set('key1', '123')) print ("get key1") print(r.get('key1'))
Run “redis_test.py” application to connect to the database and store and retrieve a key using the command-line.
$ python redis_test.py
The output should look like the following screen if the connection is successful.
set key1 123 True get key1 b'123'
Now that you have a database, if you’d like to generate load against the database or add a bunch of data for cluster testing, the memtier_benchmark Quick Start should help. However please note that to see the true performance and scale of Redis on Flash, you will need to tune your IO path and have the flash path set to the mounted path of SSD or NVMe flash memory as that is what it is designed to run on. For more information, see Redis on Flash.