From February 5, 2021, the open source MySQL community no longer updates or maintains MySQL 5.6. However, Alibaba Cloud continues to update and maintain ApsaraDB RDS instances that run MySQL 5.6 on RDS High-availability Edition until February 5, 2024.

Extension expiration date

February 5, 2024

Objects

ApsaraDB RDS instances that run MySQL 5.6 on RDS High-availability Edition.
Note From June 1, 2022, the ApsaraDB RDS team stops updating and maintaining ApsaraDB RDS instances that run MySQL 5.6 on RDS Enterprise Edition.

Causes

On February 5, 2021, open source MySQL 5.6 entered the end-of-life (EOL) state.

Impacts and suggestions

Existing instance Impact Suggestion
ApsaraDB RDS instances that run MySQL 5.6 on RDS High-availability Edition The RDS instances work as expected. The ApsaraDB RDS team continues to update and maintain these RDS instances until February 5, 2024. Upgrade the major engine version of these RDS instances to MySQL 5.7 or MySQL 8.0. For more information, see Upgrade the major engine version of an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance.
ApsaraDB RDS instances that run MySQL 5.6 on RDS Enterprise Edition You can still use these RDS instances. However, the ApsaraDB RDS team stops updating and maintaining the minor engine version from June 1, 2022, and Alibaba Cloud technical support is no longer available. Upgrade the major engine version of these RDS instances to MySQL 5.7 or MySQL 8.0 for more features and better performance. Before you upgrade the major engine version of an RDS instance that runs MySQL 5.6 on RDS Enterprise Edition, you must create an RDS instance that runs MySQL 5.7 or MySQL 8.0 on RDS Enterprise Edition and then use Data Transmission Service (DTS) to migrate data to the new RDS instance. For more information, see Create an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance and Migrate data between ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instances.
Note After the migration is complete, you must monitor your workloads on the new RDS instance for a period of time. If your workloads run as expected on the new RDS instance, you can release or unsubscribe from your original RDS instance. For more information about how to release an RDS instance, see Release or unsubscribe from an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance.