Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch is compatible with open-source Elasticsearch features such as Security, Machine Learning, Graph, and Application Performance Management (APM). Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch provides capabilities such as enterprise-level access control, security monitoring and alerts, and automatic report generation. You can use Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch to search and analyze data. This topic describes how to synchronize data from an Apsara PolarDB for MySQL cluster to an Elasticsearch instance by using Data Transmission Service (DTS).

Prerequisites

Precautions

  • DTS uses read and write resources of the source and destination databases during initial full data synchronization. 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 synchronizing data, you must evaluate the performance of the source and destination databases. We recommend that you synchronize data during off-peak hours. For example, you can synchronize data when the CPU usage of the source and destination databases is less than 30%.
  • DDL operations cannot be synchronized. If a DDL operation is performed on the table in the source database during data synchronization, you must perform the following steps: Remove the table from the required objects, remove the index for the table from the Elasticsearch instance, and then add the table to the required objects. For more information, see Remove an object from a data synchronization task and Add an object to a data synchronization task.
  • To add columns to the table that you want to synchronize, perform the following steps: Modify the mappings of the table in the Elasticsearch instance, perform DDL operations in the Apsara PolarDB for MySQL cluster, and then pause and start the data synchronization task.

SQL operations supported by data synchronization

INSERT, DELETE, and UPDATE operations

Data type mappings

The data types of the Apsara PolarDB for MySQL cluster and the Elasticsearch instance do not have one-to-one correspondence. During initial schema synchronization, DTS converts the data types of the Apsara PolarDB for MySQL cluster into those of the Elasticsearch instance. For more information, see Data type mappings for initial schema synchronization.

Procedure

  1. Purchase a data synchronization instance. For more information, see Purchase procedure.
    Note On the buy page, set Source Instance to PolarDB, set Target Instance to Elasticsearch, and set Synchronization Topology to One-Way Synchronization.
  2. Log on to the DTS console.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Data Synchronization.
  4. At the top of the Synchronization Tasks page, select the region where the destination instance resides.
    Select a region
  5. Find the data synchronization instance and click Configure Synchronization Channel in the Actions column.
  6. Configure the source and destination instances.
    Configure the source and destination instances
    Section Parameter Description
    N/A Synchronization 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 Instance Details Instance Type The value of this parameter is set to PolarDB Instance and cannot be changed.
    Instance Region The region of the source instance. The region is the same as the source region that you selected when you purchased the data synchronization instance. You cannot change the value of this parameter.
    PolarDB Instance ID Select the ID of the source Apsara PolarDB for MySQL cluster.
    Database Account Enter the database account of the Apsara PolarDB for MySQL cluster.
    Note The account must have the read permission on the source database.
    Database Password Enter the password of the source database account.
    Destination Instance Details Instance Type The value of this parameter is set to Elasticsearch and cannot be changed.
    Instance Region The region of the destination instance. The region is the same as the destination region that you selected when you purchased the data synchronization instance. You cannot change the value of this parameter.
    Elasticsearch Select the ID of the destination Elasticsearch instance.
    Database Account Enter the account that is used to connect to the Elasticsearch instance. The default account is elastic.
    Database Password Enter the password of the account.
  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 whitelists of the Apsara PolarDB for MySQL cluster and the Elasticsearch instance. This ensures that DTS servers can connect to the source cluster and the destination instance.
  8. Configure the index name, the processing mode of identical index names, and the objects to be synchronized.
    Select the objects to be synchronized
    Parameter Description
    Index Name
    • Table Name

      If you select Table Name, the name of the index that is created in the Elasticsearch instance is the same as the name of the table. In this example, the index name is customer.

    • DatabaseName_TableName

      If you select DatabaseName_TableName, the name of the index that is created in the Elasticsearch instance is <Database name>_<Table name>. In this example, the index name is dtstestdata_customer.

    Processing Mode In Existed Target Table
    • Pre-check and Intercept: checks whether the destination database contains indexes that have the same names as tables in the source database. If the destination database does not contain indexes that have the same names as tables in the source database, the precheck is passed. Otherwise, an error is returned during precheck and the data synchronization task cannot be started.
      Note If indexes in the destination database have the same names as tables in the source database, and cannot be deleted or renamed, you can use the object name mapping feature. For more information, see Specify the name of an object in the destination instance.
    • Ignore: skips the precheck for identical index names in the source and destination databases.
      Warning If you select Ignore, data consistency is not guaranteed and your business may be exposed to potential risks.
      • If the source and destination databases have the same mappings and the primary key of a record in the destination database is the same as that in the source database, the record remains unchanged during initial data synchronization. However, the record is overwritten during incremental data synchronization.
      • If the source and destination databases have different mappings, initial data synchronization may fail. In this case, only some columns are synchronized or the data synchronization task fails.
    Objects to be synchronized

    Select objects from the Available section and click the Right arrow icon to move the objects to the Selected section.

    You can select tables and databases as the objects to be synchronized.

  9. In the Selected section, move the pointer over a table, and then click Edit. In the Edit Table dialog box that appears, configure parameters for the table in the Elasticsearch instance, such as the index name and type name.
    Configure parameters such as the index name
    Parameter Description
    Index Name For more information, see Terms in the Elasticsearch documentation.
    Warning The only type of special characters that an index name and type name can contain is underscore (_). An index name and type name cannot contain the following special characters: +-&!(){} ^"~*?:\%.
    Type Name
    Filter Specify SQL conditions to filter data. Only data that meets the specified conditions is synchronized to the destination instance. For more information, see Use SQL conditions to filter data.
    IsPartition Select whether to set partitions. If you select Yes, you must also specify the partition key column and number of partitions.
    _id value
    • Primary key column

      Composite primary key fields are merged into one column.

    • Business key

      If you select a business key, you must also specify the business key column.

    add param Select the column parameter and parameter value. For more information, see Mapping parameters in the Elasticsearch documentation.
  10. In the lower-right corner of the page, click Precheck.
    Note
    • Before you can start the data synchronization task, a precheck is performed. You can start the data synchronization task only after the task passes the precheck.
    • If the task fails to pass the precheck, click the Info icon icon next to each failed item to view details. Troubleshoot the issues based on the causes and run the precheck again.
  11. Close the Precheck dialog box after the following message is displayed: The precheck is passed.
  12. Wait until the initial synchronization is complete and the data synchronization task is in the Synchronizing state.
    On the Synchronization Tasks page, view the status of the data synchronization task.View the status of a data synchronization task.

Check the index and data

If the data synchronization task is in the Synchronizing state, you can connect to the Elasticsearch instance and check whether the index is created and data is synchronized as expected. In this example, the Elasticsearch Head plug-in is used.

Note If the index is not created or data is not synchronized as expected, you can delete the index and data, and then configure the data synchronization task again.
View data in Elasticsearch