Migrate an application built on a LAMP stack from Amazon Web Services

  • Last updated on: 2016-01-14
  • Authored by: Rackspace Support

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This article describes the migration of WordPress or other LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) applications from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the Rackspace Cloud. It takes an estimated 15 minutes to complete, if you follow the instructions step by step.

The topology of the application in this scenario is presented in the following figure:


  • LAMP stack on AWS with root access or appropriate privileges
  • Valid and enabled account on Rackspace Cloud


  • Identify the resources to migrate, including application and database resources.
  • Create a list of all the necessary software packages that are installed on your EC2 instance other than the LAMP stack.
  • Create a list of all additional Amazon services that are being used in the application - for example, Simple Email Service (SES) for email or Relational Database Service (RDS) for databases.
  • If you have not already, create a Cloud Server instance and any supporting Rackspace Cloud services.

Install software packages

After your cloud server is set up, install your LAMP stack and application. In this scenario, WordPress is the target application.

  1. Log in to your server.
  2. In a terminal, enter the following command:

    sudo tasksel
  3. To install the application stack, select LAMP server.

  4. After the LAMP stack is installed, download and configure WordPress.

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install wordpress
    sudo ln -s /usr/share/wordpress /var/www/wordpress
    sudo bash /usr/share/doc/wordpress/examples/setup-mysql -n wordpress localhost
    sudo chown -R www-data /usr/share/wordpress
  5. (Optional) If you plan to use Cloud Files to transfer your data, install OpenStack swift.

    1. Install the swift client to enable access from your server.

       sudo apt-get install python-novaclient glance-client swift
    2. Set the necessary environment variables by running the following commands, substituting your Rackspace Cloud account username and API key:

       export ST_USER=<yourLoginUsername>
       export ST_KEY=<yourApiKey>
       export ST_AUTH=https://identity.api.rackspacecloud.com/v1.0/

      You might want to define these variables in .bashrc or .bash_profile, and then reload the file with the source command.

       source .bashrc
    3. Type swift list and ensure that you can see the container you’ve created to hold your data.

Back up data from AWS to Rackspace Cloud Files

Retrieve your data from EC2. You can transfer the data directly via rsync or sftp, or you can use the OpenStack swift client to transfer your data to Cloud Files, and from there transfer to the cloud server.

To use Cloud Files, follow these preparatory steps (this example uses an existing container named WordPress):

  1. Using SSH, connect to your EC2 instance.

    ssh -i yourPrivateKey.pem user@ec2-xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx.compute-1.amazonaws.com
  2. Perform a database dump and back up your application and any other resources needed by the application (including logs and other directories of interest).

    mysqldump -u<databaseUsername> -p --triggers --routines --databases wordpress | gzip > ~/staging/db/wordpress.sql.gz
    sudo tar cvzf ~/staging/app/wordpress.tar.gz /usr/share/wordpress/*
    sudo tar cvzf ~/staging/app/apachelogs.tar.gz /var/log/apache2/*
  3. If you are using Cloud Files to transfer your files, use one of the following methods to perform the transfer. If you will transfer directly via rsync or sftp, skip to the final section of this article after the transfer.

    • Upload your archives to the Cloud Files container via the swift client.

      swift upload WordPress wordpress.sql.gz
      swift upload WordPress wordpress.tar.gz
      swift upload WordPress apachelogs.tar.gz
    • Upload your data into Cloud Files through the Cloud Control Panel.

      1. Open your container (Cloud Control Panel > Storage > Files > containerName).

      2. Click Upload Files.

      3. Click Browse and select the files to upload.

        Note: When you click the Browse button, you can select multiple files.

      4. After you have selected the file or files, click Open or Select (depending on the browser and system).

      5. Click Upload File.

Restore data from Cloud Files to the cloud server

If you uploaded your data to Cloud Files, transfer it to your cloud server with the following steps:

  1. Using SSH, connect to the Cloud Servers instance by using the PublicNet URL and the root password.
  2. Install and configure the swift CLI as described in the “Install software packages” section.
  3. Ensure that you can execute the swift list command and see the new container that you created in the results.
  4. Download the database dump from the backup that you took in the “Back up data from AWS to Rackspace Cloud Files” section and restore it locally.

    swift download WordPress wordpress.sql.gz
    gunzip < wordpress.sql.gz | mysql -u <databaseUsername> -p
  5. Download the applications and data, and restore them.

    sudo service apache2 stop #stop apache server
    swift download WordPress wordpress.tar.gz
    # make a backup of your existing wordpress directory
    sudo tar cvzf wordpress-bak.tar.gz /usr/share/wordpress/*
    # restore downloaded WordPress archive
    sudo tar xvzf wordpress.tar.gz /usr/share/wordpress

Test your application

Access your newly migrated WordPress instance by opening a browser and typing http://<cloudServerIPAddress>/wp-admin.

Next step

Post-migration considerations when migrating from Amazon Web Services

For other migration scenarios, see the following articles:

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