This topic describes the terms used in AnalyticDB for MySQL.

Terms used in AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0

  • region

    The geographic location where the servers of AnalyticDB for MySQL are located. You must specify a region when you purchase an AnalyticDB for MySQL cluster. Once specified, the region cannot be changed.

    Note You can access an AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0 cluster only through Alibaba Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). When you purchase an AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0 cluster, you must also purchase an ECS instance for accessing the cluster and ensure that the cluster and ECS instance are located in the same region.
  • zone

    A zone is a physical area with an independent power grid and network within a region. Zones are interconnected over the internal network. Clusters that reside within the same zone have lower network latency between each other.

  • cluster

    Databases belong to clusters. You can create multiple databases in a cluster. Databases in different clusters are physically isolated.

  • node

    A cluster consists of multiple nodes. You must specify the node specifications when you purchase a cluster. The node specifications include the CPU, memory, and storage capacity.

    AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0 supports the following types of node groups:
    • Compute-intensive node groups (C series): All the data of these node groups is stored in standard SSDs.

      Compute-intensive node groups are ideal for scenarios that require high performance and high query concurrency.

    • Storage-intensive node groups (S series): These node groups use an architecture that separates computing resources from storage resources. All the data of these node groups is stored in HDDs.

      Storage-intensive node groups are ideal for scenarios where there are lower requirements for query concurrency and performance. The query response time in such scenarios is allowed to be greater than 10 seconds.

  • database

    A database is the basic unit in AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0. You can purchase one or more databases of different specifications. A database is logically composed of partitions and physically composed of nodes.

  • account

    Accounts are subjects for accessing databases in clusters within the specified permissions. Account names in the same cluster must be unique.

    AnalyticDB for MySQL supports the following types of accounts:
    • Alibaba Cloud account: the account used to create and manage clusters. For example, you can use this account to log on to the AnalyticDB for MySQL console, change the billing method of clusters from pay-as-you-go to subscription, scale out clusters, and delete clusters.
    • Resource Access Management (RAM) user: the account used to create and manage clusters within the specified permissions granted by the Alibaba Cloud account.
    • Database account: the account used to manage databases within the specified permissions. For example, you can use this account to create or delete databases, connect to databases, and create or delete tables.
    • Service account: the account used by an Alibaba Cloud technical support personnel to access your cluster. To obtain technical support from Alibaba Cloud, you must grant permissions to the service account to authorize an Alibaba Cloud technical support personnel. When the validity period of the service account ends, the granted permissions are automatically revoked.

    The account system and SQL syntax of AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0 are compatible with those of MySQL. For more information, see Database accounts and permissions.

  • table

    A user-created database consists of multiple shards. The data of a table is distributed in shards based on the hash calculation result of the distribution key specified by Distributed Key during table creation. When you create a table, you only need to specify Distributed Key. The system automatically optimizes the number of shards for you. For more information, see CREATE TABLE

  • level-1 partition

    AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0 supports two types of tables: fact table and dimension table. Only fact tables support partitions. In AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0, level-1 partitions are created in each shard. AnalyticDB for MySQL V3.0 supports only level-1 partitions.