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Migration of Data from Amazon RDS to Amazon S3 using AWS Lambda


In the ever-evolving world of information management, businesses always seek solutions to achieve value and efficiency. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a powerful service for this purpose, and its most common use cases include using AWS Lambda to transfer data from Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) to Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service). This blog post aims to overview the data migration process, highlighting the benefits and steps of using AWS Lambda to complete data migration.

Need for Migration

As the organization grows, so does data collection. Amazon RDS provides a reliable solution, but as datasets grow, businesses often see the cost of moving historical data or less data to Amazon S3. Amazon S3 is a cost-effective data archiving solution designed for scalable and stable storage, providing high durability and easy and seamless integration with other AWS services.

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Steps for migration of data using Node.js

Setting Up an AWS Lambda Function:

  1. Start this process by creating a new Lambda function in the AWS Management Console.
  2. Choose a runtime that is compatible with Node.js.
  3. Define the permissions to ensure the AWS Lambda function has read access to the Amazon RDS store and write access to the target Amazon S3 bucket.
  4. Below is the AWS Lambda code for data migration from Amazon RDS to Amazon S3.

Advantages of using AWS Lambda for Migration

  1. Serverless Architecture

AWS Lambda is a serverless computing service that relieves you of the burden of server configuration and management. This serverless architecture and auto-scaling features make Lambda ideal for automating data migration, allowing you to focus on your logic rather than worrying about infrastructure.

  1. Cost-effective

Lambda adopts the pay-as-you-go model; You only pay for the computation time during code execution. This model has proven more efficient than managing dedicated servers or instances for regular data transfer operations.

  1. Event-Driven Approach

AWS services, including Amazon RDS and Amazon S3, can trigger AWS Lambda functions. With an event-driven approach, you can configure Lambda to migrate data in response to specific events, such as changes to the RDS store or scheduled permissions.

  1. Scalability and parallel processing

AWS Lambda power can easily be scaled horizontally to enable parallel processing. This is especially effective when working with large files and allows for a faster and more efficient migration process.

  1. Set Amazon RDS and Amazon S3 triggers

Create a configuration for your AWS Lambda function. For Amazon RDS, leverage Amazon CloudWatch Events to trigger Lambda functions at scheduled times or in response to specific events. For Amazon S3, consider triggering a Lambda function or event notifications when new products are released.


Moving data from Amazon RDS to Amazon S3 using AWS Lambda provides a scalable, cost-effective, serverless solution for organizations looking to streamline their data management processes. By leveraging the power of AWS Lambda’s event-driven architecture, you can automate data migration to ensure your data remains accessible, secure, and integrated in the AWS cloud.

When you begin your data migration, carefully consider your business’s specific needs and customize the solution to meet your specific needs. AWS Lambda’s performance and seamless integration with other AWS services make it a valuable tool for optimizing data processing in the cloud.

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1. How is AWS Lambda priced?

ANS: – AWS Lambda pricing is based on the number of requests and the time your code executes in 100ms increments. Users pay for the actual compute time consumed, and there is no charge when the code is not running.

2. Is it possible to run long-duration tasks with AWS Lambda?

ANS: – While AWS Lambda is designed for short-duration tasks, it supports functions with a maximum execution time of 15 minutes.

3. Can AWS Lambda function access other AWS services?

ANS: – Yes, Lambda functions can integrate with various AWS services, such as Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon API Gateway, and more.

WRITTEN BY Lakshmi P Vardhini



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