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ApsaraDB RDS:Overview

Last Updated:Sep 05, 2023

This topic provides an overview of the backup feature supported by ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL. This feature allows you to restore historical data of an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance with ease.

Introduction to backups

You can back up your RDS instance by using one of the following methods:

  • ApsaraDB RDS: The system provides a default backup feature that supports full data backups and incremental log backups.

  • DBS: Database Backup (DBS) provides the logical backup feature. The logical backup supports advanced capabilities such as cross-account backup and quick query.

For more information about the differences between the default backup feature of ApsaraDB RDS and the logical backup feature of DBS, see Differences between default RDS backups and advanced DBS backups.


The system provides data backup and log backup.

  • Data backup: The system backs up data in your RDS instance and generates backup sets. You can restore data of the RDS instance to a specific point in time when a backup set is generated.

  • Log backup: The log backup feature is also known as the incremental backup feature. If you enable the log backup feature, your on-premises logs are uploaded. This way, log backups are generated. You can use the data backup feature and the log backup feature to restore data to a point in time that falls within the backup retention period.

    For example, if an RDS instance has a data backup set that is created at a specified point in time and has log backups that are generated after the specified point in time, you can restore data for the RDS instance to any point in time after the specified point in time. The point in time is accurate to seconds.

Storage location

Data and log backup files of your RDS instance are stored by Alibaba Cloud and do not consume the storage capacity of your instance.

Data and log backup files of an RDS instance are stored in the same region, but not necessarily in the same zone as the RDS instance. For information about how to store the backup files in another region, see Use the cross-region backup feature.



RDS edition


RDS High-availability Edition, RDS Cluster Edition, or RDS Enterprise Edition

Backup operations are performed on the secondary RDS instance. In this case, the operations do not occupy the CPU resources or affect the performance of the primary RDS instance.


In rare cases when the secondary instance is unavailable, backups are performed on the primary instance.

RDS Basic Edition

If an RDS instance runs RDS Basic Edition, the instance stands alone. All backup operations are performed on the RDS instance. In this case, the performance of the RDS instance decreases during a backup.