You can use an Alibaba Cloud account or RAM user to create and manage an AnalyticDB for MySQL cluster. You can use a database account to create databases and tables and connect to databases.

Account type Scope Available operation
Alibaba Cloud account AnalyticDB for MySQL clusters You can use an Alibaba Cloud account to create and manage clusters. For example, you can log on to the AnalyticDB for MySQL console, scale out clusters, and restore new clusters. For more information, see Configure a whitelist, Create a database account, Apply for or release a public endpoint, Change the billing method from pay-as-you-go to subscription, Set a maintenance window, and Delete a cluster.
RAM user AnalyticDB for MySQL clusters You can also use a RAM user to create and manage clusters within the scope of permissions granted by an Alibaba Cloud account.

For example, you can log on to the AnalyticDB for MySQL console, scale out clusters, and restore new clusters. For more information, see Configure a whitelist, Create a database account, Apply for or release a public endpoint, Change the billing method from pay-as-you-go to subscription, Set a maintenance window, and Delete a cluster.

RAM users are secondary accounts that are created for a specific function. These accounts cannot retain or own resources. All resources belong only to Alibaba Cloud accounts.

Database account Databases You can use a database account to perform operations on databases within the scope of granted permissions. For example, you can create or delete databases, tables, and views, and connect to databases. For more information, see Connect to a cluster.

AnalyticDB for MySQL supports the following types of accounts:

Service account AnalyticDB for MySQL clusters If an Alibaba Cloud technical support representative needs to assist you by performing operations on your AnalyticDB for MySQL cluster, you must authorize a service account for the technical support representative to use. When the authorization period expires, the granted permissions are automatically revoked.