ApsaraDB for Redis is a database service compatible with the open-source Redis protocol and provides hybrid storage of memory and hard disks. Based on reliable hot standby architecture and scalable cluster architecture, ApsaraDB for Redis is suitable for scenarios that require flexible configuration changes, high throughput, and low latency. This topic describes how to synchronize data from a Twemproxy Redis cluster to an ApsaraDB for Redis instance by using Data Transmission Service (DTS).

Prerequisites

  • The available storage space of the destination ApsaraDB for Redis instance is larger than the total size of data stored in the source Twemproxy Redis cluster.
  • All master nodes in the source Twemproxy Redis cluster support the PSYNC command.

How DTS synchronizes data from a Twemproxy Redis cluster

A Twemproxy Redis cluster consists of multiple Redis-Servers. DTS synchronizes each Redis-Server in a data synchronization task till the whole cluster is synchronized.

Synchronize data from a Twemproxy Redis cluster

Architecture of the Twemproxy Redis cluster

In this topic, the Twemproxy Redis cluster consists of two Redis-Servers. Each Redis-Server runs in a master-replica architecture. The following figure shows the architecture of the cluster.

Architecture of a Twemproxy Redis cluster

Precautions

  • DTS uses resources of the source and destination databases during initial full data synchronization. This may increase the load of the database server. If you synchronize a large volume of data or the server specifications cannot meet your requirements, database services may become unavailable. Before you synchronize data, evaluate the impact of data synchronization on the performance of the source and destination databases. We recommend that you synchronize data during off-peak hours.
  • If the bind parameter is configured in the redis.conf file of the source Redis database, set the value of this parameter to the intranet IP address of ECS to ensure that DTS can connect to the source database normally.
  • We recommend that you increase the value of the repl-backlog-size parameter in the redis.conf file. This ensures the stability of data synchronization.
  • To ensure the synchronization quality, DTS adds the following key to the source Codis cluster: DTS_REDIS_TIMESTAMP_HEARTBEAT. This key is used to record the time when data is synchronized to ApsaraDB for Redis.
  • We recommend that you do not run the FLUSHDB or FLUSHALL command in the source Codis cluster. Otherwise, data may be inconsistent between the Codis cluster and the ApsaraDB for Redis instance.
  • If the data eviction policy (maxmemory-policy) of the destination database is not set to noeviction, the data between the source and destination databases may become inconsistent. For more information about the data eviction policy, see How does ApsaraDB for Redis evict data by default?
  • The database version of the destination ApsaraDB for Redis instance can be 2.8, 4.0, and 5.0. The version of the destination database must be the same as or later than the version of the source database. If you want to synchronize data between different versions of Redis databases, make sure that the versions of the source and destination databases are compatible. You can create a pay-as-you-go ApsaraDB for Redis instance to verify database compatibility. After verification, you can release the instance or change the billing method to subscription.

Supported synchronization topologies

  • One-way one-to-one synchronization
  • One-way one-to-many synchronization
  • One-way cascade synchronization

For more information about synchronization topologies, see Synchronization topologies.

Operations that can be synchronized

  • APPEND
  • BITOP, BLPOP, BRPOP, and BRPOPLPUSH
  • DECR, DECRBY, and DEL
  • EVAL, EVALSHA, EXEC, EXPIRE, and EXPIREAT
  • GEOADD and GETSET
  • HDEL, HINCRBY, HINCRBYFLOAT, HMSET, HSET, and HSETNX
  • INCR, INCRBY, and INCRBYFLOAT
  • LINSERT, LPOP, LPUSH, LPUSHX, LREM, LSET, and LTRIM
  • MOVE, MSET, MSETNX, and MULTI
  • PERSIST, PEXPIRE, PEXPIREAT, PFADD, PFMERGE, PSETEX, and PUBLISH
  • RENAME, RENAME, RESTORE, RPOP, RPOPLPUSH, RPUSH, and RPUSHX
  • SADD, SDIFFSTORE, SELECT, SET, SETBIT, SETEX, SETNX, SETRANGE, SINTERSTORE, SMOVE, SPOP, SREM, and SUNIONSTORE
  • ZADD, ZINCRBY, ZINTERSTORE, ZREM, ZREMRANGEBYLEX, ZUNIONSTORE, ZREMRANGEBYRANK, and ZREMRANGEBYSCORE
Note
  • If you run the EVAL or EVALSHA command to call Lua scripts, DTS cannot identify whether these Lua scripts are executed on the destination database. During incremental data synchronization, the destination database does not explicitly return the execution results of Lua scripts.
  • When DTS calls the SYNC or PSYNC command to transfer data of the LIST type, DTS does not clear the existing data. In this case, the destination database may contain duplicate data records.

Procedure

  1. Purchase a data synchronization instance. For more information, see Purchase procedure.
    Note On the buy page, set Source Instance to Redis, Target Instance to Redis, and 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 use an informative name for easy identification. You do not need to use a unique task name.
    Source Instance Details Instance Type Select User-Created Database in ECS Instance.
    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.
    ECS Instance ID Select the ID of the ECS instance where the master node of the Redis-Server resides.
    Note DTS synchronizes each Redis-Server of the Twemproxy Redis cluster by using a data synchronization task till the whole cluster is synchronized. In this step, enter the ECS instance ID for the master node of Redis-Server 1. When you configure the data synchronization task for Redis-Server 2, enter the ECS instance ID for the master node of Redis-Server 2. You can configure data synchronization tasks for all Redis-Servers by following the procedure described in this topic.
    Database Type The value of this parameter is set to Redis.
    Instance Mode Select Standalone.
    Note You must select Standalone for this parameter because data from a Twemproxy Redis cluster cannot be synchronized at a time. DTS synchronizes each Redis-Server of the cluster in a data synchronization task till all Redis-Servers are synchronized.
    Port Number Enter the service port number of the master node in the Redis-Server.
    Database Password Enter the database password for the master node.
    Note This parameter is optional and can be left blank if no database password is set.
    Destination Instance Details Instance Type Select Redis Instance.
    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.
    Instance ID Select the ID of the destination ApsaraDB for Redis instance.
    Database Password Enter the database password of the destination ApsaraDB for Redis instance.
    Note The format of the database password is <user>:<password>. For example, if the username of the custom account is admin and the password is Rp829dlwa, the database password is admin:Rp829dlwa.
  7. In the lower-right corner of the page, click Set Whitelist and Next.
    Note The CIDR blocks of DTS servers are automatically added to the inbound rule of the ECS instance and the whitelist of the ApsaraDB for Redis instance. This ensures that DTS servers can connect to the source and destination instances.
  8. Configure the processing mode in existing destination tables and the objects to be synchronized.
    Parameter Description
    Processing Mode In Existed Target Table DTS synchronizes each Redis-Server of the Twemproxy Redis cluster in a data synchronization task till the whole cluster is synchronized. When you configure data synchronization for Redis-Server 1, if the ApsaraDB for Redis instance has no data, select Pre-check and Intercept. When you configure data synchronization for Redis-Server 2 to N, select Ignore. Otherwise, errors may occur during data synchronization.
    Note
    • Pre-check and Intercept: checks whether the destination database is empty. If the destination database is empty, the precheck is passed. If the database is not empty, an error is returned during precheck and the data synchronization task cannot be started.
    • Ignore: skips the precheck for empty destination databases and continues with data synchronization. If the keys in the destination database are the same as those in the source database during data synchronization, the keys in the source database overwrite those in the destination database.
    Objects to be synchronized
    • Select databases from the Available section and click the icon to move the databases to the Selected section.
    • You can select only databases as the objects to be synchronized. You cannot select keys as the objects to be synchronized.
  9. In the lower-right corner of the page, click Next.
  10. Configure initial synchronization.
    Configure initial synchronization for Redis databases
    Note The value is set to Include full data + incremental data. DTS synchronizes historical data from the source Twemproxy Redis cluster to the destination Redis database before synchronizing incremental data.
  11. 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.
  12. Close the Precheck dialog box after the following message is displayed: The precheck is passed.
  13. Wait until the initial synchronization is complete and the data synchronization task is in the Synchronizing state.
    Synchronizing
    Note You can view the status of the data synchronization task on the Synchronization Tasks page.
  14. Create and configure a data synchronization task for every other Redis-Server by repeating steps 1 to 13.

Result

In this topic, the Twemproxy Redis cluster consists of two Redis-Servers. You must create two data synchronization tasks. The following figure shows that the initial synchronization is complete for both tasks and both tasks are in the Synchronizing state.

Synchronizing the Twemproxy Redis cluster

In this topic, the database DB0 is synchronized. You can use Data Management (DMS) to log on to the destination ApsaraDB for Redis instance and check the total number of keys in the ApsaraDB for Redis instance. The total number of keys is the same as that in the Twemproxy Redis cluster.

Figure 1. ApsaraDB for Redis instance
Total number of keys in the ApsaraDB for Redis instance
Figure 2. Source Twemproxy Redis cluster
Total number of keys in the source Twemproxy Redis cluster