AWS Database Migration Service
Step-by-Step Migration Guide (API Version 2016-01-01)

Migrating MySQL-Compatible Databases to AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has several services that allow you to run a MySQL-compatible database on AWS. Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) supports MySQL-compatible databases including MySQL, MariaDB, and Amazon Aurora. AWS Elastic Cloud Computing Service (EC2) provides platforms for running MySQL-compatible databases.

Migrating From Solution

An RDS MySQL DB instance

You can migrate data directly from an Amazon RDS MySQL DB snapshot to an Amazon Aurora DB cluster. For details, see Migrating Data from an Amazon RDS MySQL DB Instance to an Amazon Aurora DB Cluster.

A MySQL database external to Amazon RDS

If your database supports the InnoDB or MyISAM tablespaces, you have these options for migrating your data to an Amazon Aurora DB cluster:

  • You can create a dump of your data using the mysqldump utility, and then import that data into an existing Amazon Aurora DB cluster.

  • You can copy the source files from your database to an Amazon S3 (S3) bucket, and then restore an Amazon Aurora DB cluster from those files. This option can be considerably faster than migrating data using mysqldump.

For details, see Migrating MySQL to Amazon Aurora by Using mysqldump.

A database that is not MySQL-compatible

You can also use AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS) to migrate data from a MySQL database. However, for very large databases, you can significantly reduce the amount of time that it takes to migrate your data by copying the source files for your database and restoring those files to an Amazon Aurora DB instance as described in Migrating Data from an External MySQL Database to an Amazon Aurora Using Amazon S3.

For more information on AWS DMS, see What Is AWS Database Migration Service?