NoSQL solutions are all the buzz these days. Today’s dataset volumes often exceed what a relational database can consume and process in a timely manner causing companies to turn to NoSQL solutions. The challenge with NoSQL databases is that they can be complex to manage and maintain and only a limited number of people have experience working with them in a production environment. Redis is a very popular key value store database that many high scale and highly distributed systems use in the cloud today.
Redis as a Service
Redis is an open source database with tons of valid uses cases that are implemented in the real world today. Caching is one common use case. The challenge with Redis is that it has scaling limitations when datasets grow beyond the capacity of the master node. Maintaining a highly available Redis database is a complex undertaking and the performance may degrade over time. In addition, open source distributions of Redis lack various features making many Redis implementations not enterprise worthy. This is the exact problem Garantia set out to solve. Garantia adds sharding, clustering, automation, and numerous other enhancements to the core Redis distribution thus making their Redis as a Service offering enterprise class.
Garantia Data delivers Redis as a service so their customers can focus on building their applications while the database simply manages itself. With Garantia’s Redis as a Service solution, customers no longer need to deal with clustering, software upgrades, patching, server management and much more. One simply pays for what they use and they get the robustness and autoscaling of Redis without the headaches.
Garantia also provides reliability and zero management for memcacheDB (see video below).
With these database as a service offerings, Garantia makes Redis and MemcacheDB enterprise class databases without the limitations that exist with unmanaged open source versions. Currently, Garantia is available on AWS (US East and EU West), Microsoft Azure, Heroku, AppFog, and AppHarbor. On the road map is a do-it-yourself private cloud version.
Garantia Data was founded in March of 2011 and raised $3.8M from angel investors. They are currently raising a series A round of $5M. They were recently named “Cool Vendor” by Gartner in early May and named to the Inaugural CRN Big Data 100 back in April. Keep an eye on these guys and look for their services to become integrated in more IaaS and PaaS solutions in the future. You can check them out at www.garantiadata.com.