Wynn caught up with Salvatore Sanfilippo to talk about Redis, the super hot key value store.
Notes & Links
- VMware signs the paychecks for Salvatore and Pieter Noordhuis
- Redis is an open source, advanced key-value store and data structure server wherein keys can contain strings, hashes, lists, sets and sorted sets
- Redis internals consist of ANSI C with an evented model
- Non-blocking replication has always been a Redis design goal
- Replication in Redis is async
- Salvatore’s Redis toolbox includes the Redis Ruby gem and Sinatra
- Chances are you can find a Redis library in your favorite language
- The C client is the only officially supported wrapper
- Salvatore thinks the NoSQL moniker isn’t perfect, focusing too much on performance, but it frames a discussion
- Redis Pub/Sub is perfect for real-time apps
- GitHub’s adoption of Redis in Resque helped fuel the growth of the project
- Redis users tend to use it as a database, as a messaging bus, or as a cache
- Salvatore thinks hosted solutions like Redis-to-Go need to add more value like more frequent backups and seamless upgrades.
- Blizzard uses an 8-node Redis install in serving avatars for WoW
- Justin Campbell asks will VMWare feature Redis in any upcoming projects?
- Ezra Zygmuntowicz and GitHub were among the first “few brave users”
- Salvatore noticed a dip in adoption after a few months, but he trusted his gut and stuck with it