This topic describes how to migrate data from a user-created MySQL database that is connected over Express Connect, VPN Gateway, or Smart Access Gateway to an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance by using Data Transmission Service (DTS). In this scenario, the Express Connect circuit and the destination RDS instance are owned by different Alibaba Cloud accounts. DTS supports schema migration, full data migration, and incremental data migration. You can select all of the supported migration types to ensure service continuity.

Prerequisites

  • The version of the user-created MySQL database is 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, or 8.0.
  • The available storage space of the destination ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance is larger than the total size of the data in the user-created MySQL database.
  • The on-premises network to which the user-created MySQL database belongs is connected to Alibaba Cloud VPC over Express Connect, VPN Gateway, or Smart Access Gateway. The Express Connect circuit and the destination RDS instance are owned by different Alibaba Cloud accounts.
    Note For more information about how to connect an on-premises data center to a VPC, see Connect to local IDCs.

Background information

The on-premises data center is connected to Alibaba Cloud VPC over Express Connect, VPN Gateway, or Smart Access Gateway. You need to migrate data from a user-created MySQL database that resides in an on-premises data center to an RDS instance across different Alibaba Cloud accounts. The following figure shows the architecture for this scenario.Background information

Precautions

  • DTS uses read and write resources of the source and destination databases during full data migration. This may increase the database load. If the database performance is unfavorable, the specification is low, or the data volume is large, database services may become unavailable. For example, DTS occupies a large amount of read and write resources in the following cases: a large number of slow SQL queries are performed on the source database, the tables have no primary keys, or a deadlock occurs in the destination database. Before you migrate data, evaluate the performance of the source and destination databases. We recommend that you migrate data during off-peak hours. For example, you can migrate data when the CPU usage of the source and destination databases is less than 30%.
  • The source database must have PRIMARY KEY or UNIQUE constraints and all fields must be unique. Otherwise, duplicate data may exist in the destination database.
  • DTS uses the ROUND(COLUMN,PRECISION) function to retrieve values from columns of the float or double data type. If the precision is not specified, DTS sets the precision for the float data type to 38 digits and the precision for the double data type to 308 digits. You must check whether the precision settings meet your business requirements.
  • DTS automatically creates a destination database in the ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance. However, if the name of the source database is invalid, you must manually create a database in the ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance before you configure the data migration task.
    Note For more information about how to create a database and the database naming conventions, see Create databases and accounts.
  • DTS automatically resumes a failed data migration task. Before you switch your workloads to the destination database, stop or release the data migration task. Otherwise, the data in the source database will overwrite the data in the destination database after the task is resumed.

Billing

Migration type Instance configurations Internet traffic
Schema migration and full data migration Free of charge. Charged only when data is migrated from Alibaba Cloud over the Internet. For more information, see Pricing.
Incremental data migration Charged. For more information, see Pricing.

Migration types

  • Schema migration

    DTS migrates the schemas of the required objects to the destination instance. DTS supports schema migration for the following types of objects: table, view, trigger, stored procedure, and function.

    Note
    • During schema migration, DTS changes the value of the SECURITY attribute in views, stored procedures, and functions from DEFINER to INVOKER.
    • DTS does not migrate user information. Before a user can call views, stored procedures, and functions of the destination database, you must grant the read/write permissions to the user.
  • Full data migration
    DTS migrates historical data of the required objects from the user-created MySQL database to the destination database in the ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance.
    Note During full data migration, concurrent INSERT operations cause fragmentation in the tables of the destination instance. After full data migration is complete, the tablespace of the destination instance is larger than that of the source database.
  • Incremental data migration

    After full data migration is complete, DTS retrieves binary log files from the user-created MySQL database. Then, DTS synchronizes incremental data from the user-created MySQL database to the destination ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance. Incremental data migration allows you to ensure service continuity when you migrate data from a user-created MySQL database to Alibaba Cloud.

SQL operations that can be synchronized during incremental data migration

Operation type SQL statements
DML INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, and REPLACE
DDL
  • ALTER TABLE and ALTER VIEW
  • CREATE FUNCTION, CREATE INDEX, CREATE PROCEDURE, CREATE TABLE, and CREATE VIEW
  • DROP INDEX and DROP TABLE
  • RENAME TABLE
  • TRUNCATE TABLE

Permissions required for database accounts

Database Schema migration Full data migration Incremental data migration
User-created MySQL database The SELECT permission The SELECT permission The REPLICATION SLAVE, REPLICATION CLIENT, SHOW VIEW, and SELECT permissions
ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance The read/write permissions The read/write permissions The read/write permissions

For more information about how to create and authorize a database account, see the following topics:

Preparations

  1. Create an account for a user-created MySQL database and configure binary logging.
  2. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud console by using the Alibaba Cloud account to which the Express Connect circuit belongs. Authorize DTS to access the network that is connected over Express Connect. For more information, see Allow DTS to access the network connected over Express Connect, VPN Gateway, or Smart Access Gateway.
  3. Create a RAM role and authorize this role to access the cloud resources of the Alibaba Cloud account to which the Express Connect circuit belongs. For more information, see Configure RAM authorization for data migration from a user-created database in a VPC across different Alibaba Cloud accounts.

Procedure

  1. Log on to the DTS console by using the Alibaba Cloud account to which the destination RDS instance belongs.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Data Migration.
  3. At the top of Migration Tasks the page, select the region where the destination cluster resides.
    Select a region
  4. In the upper-right corner of the page, click Create Migration Task.
  5. Select User-Created Database Connected over Express Connect, VPN Gateway, or Smart Access Gateway as the instance type. Then, click VPC of Another Alibaba Cloud Account next to the Peer VPC field.
    Select a VPC across Alibaba Cloud accounts
  6. Configure the source and destination databases for the data migration task.
    Configure the source and destination databases
    Section Parameter Description
    N/A Task Name DTS automatically generates a task name. We recommend that you specify an informative name for easy identification. You do not need to use a unique task name.
    Source Database Instance Type Select User-Created Database Connected over Express Connect, VPN Gateway, or Smart Access Gateway.
    Instance Region Select the region of the VPC that is connected to the user-created MySQL database.
    Alibaba Cloud Account ID Enter the ID of the Alibaba Cloud account to which the Express Connect circuit belongs.
    Note To obtain the ID of the Alibaba Cloud account to which the Express Connect circuit belongs, you must log on to the Account Management console by using this account. The account ID is displayed on the Security Settings page.
    Obtain an Alibaba Cloud account ID
    Role Name Enter the name of the RAM role that you created earlier in Preparations.
    Peer VPC Select the ID of the VPC that is connected to the user-created MySQL database.
    Database Type Select MySQL.
    IP Address Enter the endpoint that is used to access the user-created MySQL database.
    Port Number Enter the service port number of the user-created MySQL database. The default port number is 3306.
    Database Account Enter the account of the user-created MySQL database. For more information about the permissions that are required for the account, see Permissions required for database accounts.
    Database Password Enter the password of the source database account.
    Note After you specify the source database parameters, click Test Connectivity next to Database Password to verify whether the specified parameters are valid. If the specified parameters are valid, the Passed message appears. If the Failed message appears, click Check next to Failed. Modify the source database parameters based on the check results.
    Destination Database Instance Type Select RDS Instance.
    Instance Region Select the region where the destination RDS instance resides.
    RDS Instance ID Select the ID of the destination RDS instance.
    Database Account Enter the database account of the destination RDS instance. For more information about the permissions that are required for the account, see Permissions required for database accounts.
    Database Password Enter the password of the destination database account.
    Note After you specify the destination database parameters, click Test Connectivity next to Database Password to verify whether the parameters are valid. If the specified parameters are valid, the Passed message appears. If the Failed message appears, click Check next to Failed. Modify the destination database parameters based on the check results.
    Encryption Select Non-encrypted or SSL-encrypted. If you want to select SSL-encrypted, you must enable SSL encryption for the RDS instance before you configure the data migration task. For more information, see Configure SSL encryption for an RDS MySQL instance.
    Note The Encryption parameter is available only for regions in mainland China and the Hong Kong (China) region.
  7. In the lower-right corner of the page, click Set Whitelist and Next.
    Note DTS adds the CIDR blocks of DTS servers to the whitelist of the destination ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance. This ensures that DTS servers can connect to the destination RDS instance.
  8. Configure migration types and objects.
    Configure Migration Types and Objects
    Item Description
    Migration types
    • To perform only full data migration, select Schema Migration and Full Data Migration.
    • If you want to migrate data without disruptions to your business, select Schema Migration, Full Data Migration, and Incremental Data Migration.
    Note If Incremental Data Migration is not selected, do not write data into the source database during full data migration. This ensures data consistency between the source and destination databases.
    Objects to be migrated

    Select the objects to be migrated in the Available section and click > icon to move them to the Selected section.

    Note
    • Objects to be migrated can be databases, tables, or columns.
    • The selected objects are not renamed after the migration by default. If you want to rename the objects migrated to the destination instance, you can use the object name mapping feature provided by DTS. For more information, see Object name mapping.
    • If you use the object name mapping feature for an object, objects that depend on the object may fail to be migrated.
  9. Click Precheck on the lower right of the page.
    Note
    • A precheck is performed for a data migration task. A data migration task can be started only if it passes the precheck.
    • If the precheck fails, click Note icon corresponding to each failed item to view the details. Fix the problems as instructed and run the precheck again.
  10. After the precheck is passed, click Next.
  11. On the Confirm Settings dialog box that appears, specify Channel Specification and select the Data Transmission Service (Pay-As-You-Go) Service Terms.
  12. Click Buy and Start to start the data migration task.
    • Schema migration and full data migration

      Do not manually stop a migration task. Otherwise, data migrated to the destination database will be incomplete. Wait until the data migration task stops when it is complete.

    • Schema migration, full data migration, and incremental data migration

      An incremental data migration task does not automatically end. You must manually end the migration task.

      Note Select an appropriate time point to manually end the migration task. For example, you can end the migration task during off-peak hours or before you switch your workloads to the destination cluster.
      1. When the task progress bar switches to Incremental Data Migration and the message The migration task is not delayed appears, stop writing new data to the source database for a few minutes. Then, the progress bar will show the latency of the incremental data migration.
      2. When the status of incremental data migration changes to The migration task is not delayed, manually stop the migration task.Stop the incremental migration task
  13. Switch your workloads to the destination ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance.