Can Your Cache Power Modern Applications? Find Out with Redis’ New Caching Assessment

Introducing the Redis Caching Assessment, a fast and simple tool that quickly analyzes the state of your cache and delivers actionable solutions in less than 5 minutes. We explain how we built this exciting new framework and how it can help you get started with boosting your cache’s performance to build modern applications.

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For decades, databases have been working behind the scenes to power businesses and their customer-facing applications. However, there’s been a shift, and the old world’s systems of records are no longer the prevailing design pattern for modern applications. As pointed out in a tweet by David McJannet (CEO of HashiCorp), modern applications are now, by default, ‘systems of engagement’ that require caching. 

We couldn’t agree more. Modern applications require an enterprise-grade cache to power them to meet today’s real-time consumer demands.

Why cache?

This is not to say the system of records will go away; they will always be there to store your critical business data. Caching takes the data stored in a database on your server’s hard disk and moves it to a temporary place where it can be accessed far more quickly and efficiently by users as they interact with your applications. As a result, the complex and time-consuming operation of acquiring data only needs to be performed once. This allows the data to fuel systems of engagement for your customers or employees at the frontlines of your business. 

If caching is a strategic requirement for all modern applications, it’s critical to employ a cache that can meet today’s needs. 

Does your cache help you effectively meet the needs of modern applications? Our new Redis Caching Assessment was built to help you answer this critical question.

Modern application requirements

Today’s modern software development teams are leveraging cloud-native technologies, distributed architectures, and DevOps practices, all with the goal of creating flexible and highly performant modern applications that drive consumer growth (whether internal by employees or customers). Let’s step through the most critical application criteria based on our customer deployments.

Real-time performance: Modern businesses operate in a digital-first world. The user experience of your applications has never been more important and should always be a strategic priority. Speed is one of the most critical components of the user experience. Your customers expect applications that respond instantly, at all times, or they will abandon your applications and potentially your business entirely.

Flexibility: Building responsive applications that meet customer needs should be simple and streamlined. Teams shouldn’t be operating complex arrays of disparate niche data services across multiple deployment environments. A piecemeal approach inevitably leads to degraded performance, data consistency issues, and operational headaches

Resilience: Because so much business is conducted digitally, organizations must ensure that their applications and data are highly resilient. Even small or infrequent cache outages can have a devastating impact on application performance, resulting in damage to brand reputation, loss of customers and vital business data, and the opportunity cost of spending resources troubleshooting application outages. 

Cost-efficiency: Building responsive modern applications opens new areas of opportunity for businesses. It’s why companies continue to pursue digital transformation, cloud migration, and application modernization. However, for these initiatives to be worth it, the cost of these new applications can’t be greater than the value they produce. What good is an investment in a new AI/ML application if the costs to build and operate it are greater than the added revenue it brings in?

Getting started with the Redis Caching Assessment

Understanding these modern application requirements and how an enterprise cache can accomplish them is critical. Luckily, there is no shortage of material that can help you leverage caching for your own personal needs (Caching at Scale with Redis, Caching for Microservices, Caching for Hybrid Cloud). But you need a plan to help you get started. 

That’s exactly why we built the Redis Caching Assessment tool. Many businesses believe they are caching efficiently without realizing there is significant room for improvement, while others know they have issues with their cache but are unsure how to solve them. 

We established the Redis Caching Assessment framework by leveraging data from 8,900 of our caching customers. In analyzing this data, we asked, “What obstacles do most businesses face when caching at enterprise scale? What have been the most common solutions?” What we learned is now the basis of the Redis Caching Assessment Tool, created to help you understand your current state and the logical next steps to prime your cache to meet modern application requirements.

To provide an assessment and prescriptive approach to enhance your cache, we created an assessment that is only 12 questions long and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Once submitted, we analyze your answers and not only tell you the current stage of your cache but create a personalized report with details on each question, its answers, and actionable suggestions. 

Together, the framework and self-assessment tool will help you quickly improve your caching strategies to better equip your teams with real-time enterprise-grade data and your customers with an instant experience.

Can your cache power today’s modern applications? Find out now.