As a comprehensive database-oriented service, ApsaraDB for Relational Database Service (known as RDS) provides RDS instances in three editions (Basic, High-availability, Cluster (AlwaysOn), and Enterprise) that meet the full scope of database requirements. RDS instances can be operated in the same way as a self-hosted database, which means no additional learning curve is presented.
For short-term requirements, create pay-as-you-go instances (billed by hour), which can be released at any time to save costs.
For long-term requirements, create subscription instances, which are more cost-effective. Furthermore, the longer the subscription, the higher the discount.
On-demand changes to instance specifications
You can upgrade or downgrade instance specifications as needed to make sure that you are only using the resources you require. For more information, see Change the specifications of an ApsaraDB RDS instance and Specification change fees.
Compatible with existing programs and tools
- You can operate RDS databases in the way you operate your own database engines.
- RDS supports commonly used data import and export tools so that you can seamlessly migrate your database to the cloud. Additionally, Alibaba Cloud provides DTS that interoperates with RDS to simplify the operation.
- Alibaba Cloud guarantees the normal operation of RDS through routine maintenance and management, such as hardware/software fault processing and database patch upgrades.
- RDS provides database management through the RDS console or APIs, including adding, deleting, restarting, backing up, and restoring instances.