ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL

An on-demand database hosting service for MySQL with automated monitoring, backup and disaster recovery capabilities

MySQL is one of the most popular open-source databases in the world. As a key component of the open-source software bundle LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Perl/PHP/Python), MySQL has been widely applied to different scenarios.


AliSQL Research and Development
ApsaraDB for MySQL has been designed and optimized based on five years of research and development, and has released more than 300 patches, to handle large amounts of concurrent queries.
High Security Level
ApsaraDB for MySQL is the first cloud database that meets the requirements of security classification of information (level 3).
Supports Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) to prevent unauthorized database downloads.
Complete Monitoring and Diagnostics
Monitors memory and SQL resource consumption for threads.
Helps users to quickly diagnose issues.
High Performance for Concurrent Queries
High Performance
Integrates with TokuDB to compress data in a ratio of 5:1.


  • High Security Database Protection

    ApsaraDB for MySQL has been certified by a number of national and international standards, including but not limited to the ISO20000 certification, SOC certification, and PCI-DSS certification, and security classification of information (level 3).


    You can configure IP whitelists to allow only the specified instances to access resources. You can also use VPCs to implement advanced network access control.

    Attack Detection and Prevention

    Anti-DDoS is automatically enabled for public addresses to ensure business continuity. Links are encrypted through SSL to prevent man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. You can enable TDE to automatically encrypt data that has been saved to disks. The advanced security mode can protect your databases against SQL injections.

    Security Event Auditing

    Supports SQL auditing to record all visitors and their activities. This ensures that all security issues can be tracked.

  • Multiple Deployment Architectures

    Supports multiple deployment architectures to meet availability requirements.

    Active/Standby Architecture

    All RDS instances apply the active/standby architecture. Two instances running on different servers can automatically synchronize data with each other. When the active instance is unavailable, the system automatically switches the database connection to the standby instance.

    Same City Disaster Recovery

    You can deploy active and standby instances in different zones with independent power supplies and networks. This improves the availability of data.

    Remote Disaster Recovery

    ApsaraDB for MySQL supports off-site disaster recovery instances. Instances in different regions synchronize data with each other in real time. When an exception occurs, you can switch your business from the active instance to the standby instance to ensure high availability.

  • Flexibility and Scalability

    ApsaraDB for MySQL is billed based on your actual usage and needs. This enables you to quickly and flexibly scale up your system.

    Multiple Editions

    Provides the Standalone Edition, Active/Standby Edition, and Three-member Financial Edition.

    Auto Scaling

    Enables you to scale up memory and disk space at anytime to meet your business development needs.

    Dedicated Server Configuration

    Offers purchase plans with dedicated high-performance physical servers at lower costs. Each instance supports a maximum of 60 vCPUs, 470 GB memory, 50,000 IOPS, and 3 TB storage.

    Read-only Instances

    Horizontally scales up the reading capability of databases. Each read-only instance is assigned a dedicated connection address. You can use these dedicated instance addresses to share the workload from the user service client.

  • Multiple Maintenance Features for Cost Efficiency

    Multiple features have been developed by Alibaba Cloud professional database services based on years of experience in operations and maintenance. This saves you 90% of the database operations and maintenance costs.

    Backup and Recovery

    You can customize backup policies and restore a cloned instance to any checkpoint to recover lost or deleted data.


    Automatically upgrades ApsaraDB for MySQL (from minor version to major version) to quickly fix detected bugs.

    Alarms and Monitoring

    Supports resource and engine monitoring, integrates with cloud monitoring, and allows you to customize alarm policies.


    Detects failures within seconds and completes a failover within minutes to ensure that 90% of connections are not affected.

    Performance Diagnostics

    Provides professional performance diagnostics service to resolve 60% of performance issues.

How it works

  • E-business: High Concurrency and High Performance
  • Finance: Disaster Recovery
  • Websites: Cost Efficiency
  • Games: High Availability
  • Common Use: Big Data Computing
E-business: High Concurrency and High Performance

E-business: High Concurrency and High Performance

Stable, High-performance, Secure, and Reliable Database Service

ApsaraDB for MySQL has been optimized for flash sales to resolve performance issues in handling large numbers of concurrent user requests to hot data (frequently used data). ApsaraDB for MySQL can increase your business performance by 100%. ApsaraDB for MySQL supports high security mode and provides a SQL injection detection module to block malicious SQL statements and protect your data.


  • High Performance

    Improves the performance of highly concurrent updates of hot data.

  • High Security

    Supports IP whitelists, SQL injection prevention, SSL-encrypted data transmission, TDE.

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Finance: Disaster Recovery

Finance: Disaster Recovery

High Reliability based on Data Consistency

ApsaraDB for MySQL allows you to build a security system to implement pre-protection, attack detection and prevention, and security event auditing. It also supports active/standby failover, same city disaster recovery, and off-site disaster recovery to meet regulatory and reliability requirements in financial industries.


  • High Security

    Supports IP whitelists, SQL injection prevention, SSL-encrypted data transmission, TDE.

  • High Availability

    Provides multiple types of instances, supporting active/standby failover, multiple zones, off-site disaster recovery to achieve different levels of data availability.

  • Dedicated Instances

    Provides dedicated vCPU, memory, IOPS, and IO resources. Instances are isolated from each other for high stability.

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Websites: Cost Efficiency

Websites: Cost Efficiency

ApsaraDB for MySQL is a ready to use service and is more cost-efficient than other database services.

Based on Apsara's high-performance distributed computing and storage capabilities, ApsaraDB for MySQL provides extremely cost-efficient standalone instances. Based on read-write splitting and horizontal scalability, ApsaraDB for MySQL is able to meet any business needs.


  • Standalone Edition

    This edition provides more services with lower costs.

  • Read-write Splitting

    Uses read-only instances to horizontally scale up your systems. This enables your websites to handle more user queries.

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Games: High Availability

Games: High Availability

High Scalability and Stability

ApsaraDB for MySQL improves the scalability of compute resources and enables you to deploy game server databases within minutes. Based on the active/standby architecture and data transmission encryption, automatic disaster recovery is achieved without interrupting your business. In this way, the stability of your business is guaranteed.


  • High Availability Mode

    Supports active/standby failover to ensure the availability of 90% of the connections.

  • Instance Cloning

    Enables you to use cloned instances to restore data to a checkpoint anytime and anywhere.

  • Dedicated Instances

    Provides dedicated vCPU, memory, IOPS, and IO resources. Instances are isolated from each other for high stability.

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Common Use: Big Data Computing

Common Use: Big Data Computing

Integrating with Big Data Storage, Computing, Visualized Engines

As an online relational database service, ApsaraDB for MySQL works with E-MapReduce, HybridDB, and DataV to meet business demands in log analysis, data warehousing, business intelligence, machine learning, and scientific simulation.


  • Data Subscription

    You can subscribe to MySQL Binlog to obtain the latest logs by using Data Transmission Service (DTS) or directly dumping MySQL binlog.

  • Multiple Network Types

    ApsaraDB for MySQL is designed to support VPCs. However, you can still switch the network between Classic Network and VPC and access instances from both public and private networks. This eliminates network silos and accelerates data transmission.

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