Posted On: Jan 19, 2018

Starting today you can easily create a new Amazon RDS for MySQL database instance from a backup of your existing MySQL database in Amazon Web Services China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and Amazon Web Services China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. This includes MySQL databases running on Amazon EC2 or outside of Amazon Web Services services. This is done by creating a backup of using the Percona XtraBackup tool and uploading the resulting files to an Amazon S3 bucket. You then create a new Amazon RDS DB Instance from the backup files in Amazon S3, directly through the RDS Console or Amazon Command Line Interface. 

This feature makes it considerably easier and faster to migrate large MySQL databases with complex schemas to Amazon RDS. It has no performance impact on your source database and you can keep writing to your database during the backup process, minimizing downtime during migration. You can make use of Amazon S3 file transfer optimizations including Multipart Upload and Transfer Acceleration for quickly uploading large backup files. Once created, you can use MySQL replication to catch your Amazon RDS database up to changes in the source database.

This feature is available for databases using MySQL version 5.6. Please refer Amazon RDS User Guide to learn more about this feature.