Using ElastiCache to Improve DynamoDB Performance and Cut Costs

45 minutes
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

In this lab, we are presented with a site that is struggling under load because the backing DynamoDB table has had its read and write provisioning drastically reduced to avoid incurring significant cost. To correct this, we will provision an ElastiCache cluster and modify the Lambda functions in the site architecture to implement a simple caching scheme that returns the site to a functional state.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Launch an ElastiCache Cluster

This video will walk you through launching the ElastiCache cluster we will implement using our Lambda functions.

Modify the getTaStats Function

This video will walk you through updating, deploying, and configuring our first Lambda function.

Modify the taStreamProcessor Function

This video will walk you through updating, deploying, and configuring our second Lambda function. We’ll then view how our site was affected by the modifications.

Additional Resources

The AWS Training Architect Tournament site has become very popular. Unfortunately, this means that operating the site has become prohibitively expensive. The backing table has had its read capacity units set to 1, and we've been instructed not to change it. On the other hand, we got permission to create a small ElastiCache cluster to implement a caching scheme that restores functionality to the site and generally improves performance. This will also reduce the monthly cost of running the site.

The code used for the solution in this lab can be found on GitHub.

Logging In

Log in to the AWS Management Console as cloud_user using the credentials provided on the hands-on lab overview page.

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