January 4, 2022 By Phil Alger
Josh Mintz
3 min read

A compilation of tutorials on how to migrate Compose databases over to IBM Cloud Databases.

Since the release of IBM Cloud Databases three years ago, we have received tremendous interest from Compose customers looking to upgrade their resources to the IBM Cloud Databases family. In this article, we enumerate the benefits of IBM Cloud Databases and compile guidance on how to migrate to your new IBM Cloud Databases instance. 

One important difference to keep in mind is that IBM Cloud Databases is really the culmination of what we’ve learned on Compose by running tens of thousands of databases for customers around the globe, 24×7, 365 days a year for the last decade. 

Additionally, in keeping with the strengths of Compose, IBM Cloud Databases has added features and capabilities that distinguish it from Compose and other cloud services running open-source databases:

  • Horizontal integration with other IBM Cloud services to provide a cohesive experience for customers that includes access control, encryption management, technical support and billing.
  • Vertical integration with IBM Cloud infrastructure to allow us to offer the service at a much more economical price and provide more fine-grained control over scale up and out.

Other key features of IBM Cloud Databases

From Compose to IBM Cloud Databases

We’ve been giving guidance to customers about how to migrate Compose databases over to IBM Cloud Databases for a couple of months. To make it easier, we’ve compiled all our guidance into the following index for your convenience. Just click on the links below for the database of your choice. 

  • Compose for MongoDB to IBM Cloud Databases for MongoDB: All you need to do is set up an IBM Cloud Databases for MongoDB deployment, enter your IBM Cloud Databases connection string into the Compose migration tool from the IBM Cloud UI and we’ll do the rest. 
  • Compose for RethinkDB to IBM Cloud Databases for MongoDB: This guide shows you the process of dumping your data from RethinkDB and importing it to IBM Cloud Databases for MongoDB. It shows you the commands that you’ll need to run to dump your data and takes you through the process of running mongoimport to import your RethinkDB data into MongoDB databases and collections.
  • Compose for PostgreSQL to IBM Cloud Databases for PostgreSQL: Our documentation guides you through setting up an IBM Cloud Databases for PostgreSQL deployment, creating a read-only replica and performing and monitoring the migration with almost zero downtime.
  • Compose for RabbitMQ to IBM Cloud Messages for RabbitMQ: We discuss the benefits of IBM Cloud Messages for RabbitMQ over Compose and give you guidance on how to quickly make the necessary changes to your deployment and application to go from Compose to IBM Cloud Messages for RabbitMQ.
  • Compose for Elasticsearch to IBM Cloud Databases for Elasticsearch: We guide you through the process to migrate your data from Compose for Elasticsearch to IBM Cloud Databases. It involves a few steps, so head over to the article and we’ll show you what you need to do to get started and import your data successfully over to IBM Cloud Databases.

Having trouble right-sizing your new IBM Cloud Databases deployment? Review our sizing guide and tooling.

Learn more about IBM Cloud Databases.

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