If you use RDS for the first time, see the following Quick Start documents to get started with RDS.

If you have questions beyond Quick Start, see User Guide.

Database engines

ApsaraDB for MySQL

MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database. As an important part of LAMP and a combination of open source software (Linux + Apache + MySQL + Perl/PHP/Python), MySQL is widely used in a variety of applications.

In the Web 2.0 era, MySQL serves as the basis of the underlying architecture of the popular BBS software system Discuz! and blogging platform WordPress. In the Web 3.0 era, leading Internet companies including Alibaba, Facebook, and Google have built their large-scale mature database clusters by taking advantage of the advanced flexibility of MySQL.

Based on Alibaba’s MySQL source code branch, ApsaraDB for MySQL proves to have excellent performance and throughput. It withstands the massive data traffic and a large number of concurrent users during many November 11 (Singles’ Day) shopping festivals - the Chinese equivalent of Cyber Monday. ApsaraDB for MySQL also offers a range of advanced functions including optimized read/write splitting, data compression, and intelligent optimization.

RDS for MySQL currently supports versions 5.5, 5.6, and 5.7.

ApsaraDB for SQL Server

SQL Server is one of the first commercial databases and is an important part of the Windows platform (IIS + .NET + SQL Server), with support for a wide range of enterprise applications. The SQL Server Management Studio software comes with a rich set of built-in graphical tools and script editors. You can quickly get started with a variety of database operations through visual interfaces.

Powered by a high-availability architecture and the capability to recover data at any point in time, ApsaraDB for SQL Server provides strong support for a variety of enterprise applications. It also covers Microsoft’s licensing fee.

RDS for SQL Server currently supports the following versions:

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2012 Web, Standard, and Enterprise
  • SQL Server 2016 Web, Standard, and Enterprise

ApsaraDB for PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is the world’s most advanced open source database. As an academic relational database management system, it provides full compliance with SQL specifications and robust support for a diverse range of data formats (including JSON, IP, and geometric data, which are not supported by most commercial databases).

ApsaraDB for PostgreSQL supports a range of features including transactions, subqueries, Multi-Version Concurrency Control (MVCC), and data integrity verification. It also integrates a number of important functions, including high availability, backup, and recovery, to help mitigate your O&M burden.

RDS for PostgreSQL currently supports version 9.4.

ApsaraDB for PPAS

Postgres Plus Advanced Server (PPAS) is a stable, secure, and scalable enterprise-level relational database. Based on PostgreSQL, PPAS delivers enhanced performance, application solutions, and compatibility, and provides the capability to run Oracle applications directly. It is a reliable and cost-effective option for running a variety of enterprise applications.

ApsaraDB for PPAS incorporates a number of advanced functions including account management, resource monitoring, backup, recovery, and security control, and it continues to be updated and improved regularly.

RDS for PPAS currently supports version 9.3.