“Elaborating the performance comparison of two great in-memory databases. Here, I am covering the performance comparison of reading part.”

We’ve been using Redis database since very long, it is one of the most go-to, most popular and widely used in-memory database.

There are pros and cons of every DBs however, here I am presenting the result of reading speed benchmark and comparison I performed on Redis and Aerospike for a specific scenario.

Currently, I am working for a digital advertising firm, where we used to take part in real-time advertising auctions, our system handles around 400k-500k bid-requests per second, our cloud servers (we call them bidder-servers) are constantly bidding & serving a large number of ads globally. We are using Redis as well for realtime data retrieval. It’s really important for bidder-servers to read the very latest key information regarding each campaign in a fastest manner.

Comparison Environment

AWS instances for Redis and Aerospike. Configured both databases in order to utilize all resources and handle maximum possible load.

AWS Ec2 Instances — r4.4xlarge

A set of few EC2 instances ( as clients) in the same region where Aerospike and Redis are hosted.

Benchmark & Results

Scenario: Total reads: 1M, Concurrency: 90

Few Snapshots:

  1. Running benchmark test from 1 client ec2 instance
Aerospike Benchmark — 350+ req/sec
Redis Benchmark — 138k+ req/sec
Aerospike Benchmark — total 400k+ req/sec
Redis Benchmark — total 135k+ req/sec


We can’t say for given resources neither Aerospike nor Redis performed bad. However, Aerospike performed significantly high in all the tests here. Definitely it’s a better choice if you are searching for DB which gives much faster Reads other than Redis.

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