The information in the section discusses important topics you need to know about when planning your Redis Enterprise Software cluster for a production deployment.

    Cluster environment optimization

    Redis Enterprise Software employs various algorithms to optimize performance. As part of this process, Redis Enterprise Software examines usage characteristics and load to adjust its run-time configuration accordingly. Depending on your specific usage characteristics and load, it might take Redis Enterprise Software some time to adjust itself to optimal performance. To ensure optimal performance, you must run your workload several times and for a long duration until performance stabilizes. In addition, you can optimize your cluster for two different environments:

    Configuring Shard Placement

    In Redis Enterprise Software , the location of master and slave shards on the cluster nodes can impact the database and node performance. Master shards and their corresponding slave shards are always placed on separate nodes for data resiliency. The shard placement policy helps to maintain optimal performance and resiliency. In addition to the shard placement policy, considerations that determine shard placement are: Separation of master and replica shards Available persistence and Redis on Flash (RoF) storage Rack awareness Memory available to host the database when fully populated The shard placement policies are:

    Hardware requirements

    The hardware requirements for Redis Enterprise Software are different for development and production environments. In a development environment, you can test your application with a live database. If you want to test your application under production conditions, use the production environment requirements. In a production environment you must have enough resources to handle the load on the database and recover from failures. Development environment You can build your development environment with non-production hardware, such as a laptop, desktop, or small VM or instance, and with these hardware requirements:

    Networking

    When architecting a Redis Enterprise Software solution, there are some specific networking features that are worth your time to understand and implement. Multi-IP and IPv6 Redis Enterprise Software (RS) supports server/instances/VMs with multiple IP addresses, as well as IPv6 addresses. RS related traffic can be logically and physically divided into internal traffic and external traffic: “Internal traffic” refers to internal cluster communications, such as communications between the nodes for cluster management purposes.

    Node persistent and ephemeral storage

    For each node in the cluster, you can configure both persistent storage and ephemeral storage paths. Persistent storage is mandatory. It is used by the cluster to store information that needs to persist even if a shard or a node fails, including server logs, configurations, files. For example, if you configure persistence for a database, then the persistence information is stored in this location. The persistent volume must be a SAN (Storage Area Network) using an EXT4 or XFS file system and be connected as an external storage volume.

    Synchronizing cluster node clocks

    To avoid problems with internal cluster communications that can impact your data integrity, make sure that the clocks on all of the cluster nodes are synchronized using Chrony and/or NTP. When you install Redis Enterprise Software, the install script checks if Chrony or NTP is running. If they are not, the installation process asks for permission to configure a scheduled Cron job. This should make sure that the node’s clock is always synchronized.