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Academy Day - Session 3 - Database on Cloud - Migrate to Alibaba Cloud

Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020 | 11:20 AM - 12:30 PM UTC+8:00

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Alibaba Cloud Academy Day Online Conference is a free, one-day online conference that helps you familiarize with our core products through step-by-step best practices and technical demos by our experts. This event is ideal for IT leaders, technical decision-makers, and developers who want to develop their strategic roadmap for digital transformation by taking advantage of Alibaba Cloud's latest technology.

Academy Day will be held on Mar. 5th, 2019, featuring seven handpicked sessions based on the courses and certifications by Alibaba Cloud Academy. Join us to explore what's possible with Alibaba Cloud.


Session Three: Database on Cloud - Migrate to Alibaba Cloud

Migrating to fully managed cloud databases brings a host of benefits including scalability, reliability, and cost efficiency. However, doing so without the necessary tooling can be as challenging as navigating without a map. Explore Alibaba Cloud’s portfolio of fully managed database services, and learn how to leverage a rich set of utility tools and our database expert services to turn your migration experience into a hassle-free expressway.

All Sessions of Academy Day

Time (UTC+08) Topic Speaker
09:30 - 10:20 Alibaba Cloud Product Overview Christopher Potts
10:20 - 11:20 Secure and Fast - Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) Jeremy Pedersen
11:20 - 12:30 Database on Cloud - Migrate to Alibaba Haimo Liu
14:00 - 14:50 Stable and Robust - Network and Security Jade Huang
14:50 - 15:50 Building a Cloud-Native application on Alibaba Cloud Zhang Yan
15:50 - 16:50 How to use Alibaba Cloud Data warehouse--DataWorks & MaxCompute Derek Meng
16:50 - 17:30 Alibaba Cloud Pricing, Support, and Getting Started Wei Tong


  • Haimo Liu, Staff Product Manager, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Database Product Team

    Haimo Liu is a Staff Product Manager at Alibaba Cloud, focusing on driving product globalization strategy. He spent 8 years in data science and product management in various companies, and he's always passionate to share his experiences with the community.

QA section

  • 1. Q: When I move my data between different DB end points via DTS, can you help confirm that I can do cross-source transmission? Thank you!

    A: Yes absolutely, DTS supports both heterogenous and homogeneous movement across supported end points. The key is that your applications that depend on those database end points can have minimal impact during migration (DTS will automatically create schema objects in your target DB, mapping to those in the source DB, etc.)

  • 2. Q: Does Alibaba cloud offer any database products similar to AWS Athena? some of our applications were built on Athena + S3, would be great if the migration experience could be seamless.

    A: We have a product called Alibaba Cloud Data Lake Analytics (DLA). Very similar to AWS Athena, DLA is an interactive analytics service that utilizes serverless architecture, and is capable of reading multiple data sources directly. with DLA + OSS, your applications can be migrated to Alibaba cloud seamlessly.

  • 3. Q: Does PolarDB support No SQL and unstructured data??

    A: PolarDB doesnt support NoSQL/unstructured data, it's good at handling transactional data. for unstructured data, we have products like Redis, MongoDB, all managed by the same RDS control panel.

  • 4. Q: How long does it take to migrate an on-premise database to Alibaba? it's depend on size?

    A: There are two parts in this process: 1. migrating data (this can take a few mins to a few hours, depending on your data volume), your application is fully functional during this period (still pointing to your on-prem DB); 2. switch your application, pointing to the cloud DB, this can be done within seconds usually

  • 5. Q: Your demo shows migration within your cloud. What about migrating from other cloud or even local server?

    A: absolutely yes:) thats the main purpose of using DTS: migrating from on-prem sources, or DBs on another cloud, to alibaba cloud.

  • 6. Q: if i use mysql rds and pgsql, can i sync with my on premise? because I built it with a master database using RDS and the slides are on premise.

    A: you can sync your on-prem databases with cloud databases using DTS, the source and target databases don't have to be the same type (MySQL to postgres for example); but if the question is about hosting a master on the cloud while running slaves on-prem, things like failover and network could be problematic, it is usually not recommended.

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