This topic describes the billing objects and billing methods of DataWorks. DataWorks provides two billing methods: Pay-As-You-Go (post-payment) and subscription (pre-payment).

Billing methods

DataWorks provides two billing methods: Pay-As-You-Go (post-payment) and subscription (pre-payment).

  • Pay-As-You-Go (post-payment)

    Pay-As-You-Go bills you based on the actual volume used multiplied by the unit price. There are two billing cycles used for different billing items:

    • Hourly billing: Every hour, the billing system calculates the actual volume used over the previous hour and deducts the amount from your account balance.

      For example, the billing system bills you at 9:30 for the charges produced from 08:00 to 09:00.

    • Daily billing: At the beginning of each calendar day, the billing system calculates the actual volume used over the previous calendar day and deducts the actual consumption amount from your account balance.

      For example, the billing system bills you at 00:00:00 on May 12, 2019 for the charges produced from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 on May 11, 2019.

    Note
    • All users (new users and beta users) must activate DataWorks in Pay-As-You-Go) mode first. After it is activated, the free edition of DataWorks (DataWorks Basic Edition) is available. This allows you to use the basic functions of all the core modules of DataWorks at the lowest cost.
    • Beta users who activate DataWorks in Pay-As-You-Go mode will have their existing DataWorks editions set to Basic Edition. Any advanced edition functions being used will be retained (with the exception of baseline alerts and event alerts which will have services stopped), but new instances of these functions cannot be created. Purchase an advanced edition to create new instances of these functions again.
  • Subscription (pre-payment)

    In the subscription method, you can use resources only after paying for them. Depending on the billing cycle, a subscription can be paid for a service on a monthly or yearly basis, or for a package without a validity period.

Product overview

Based on the billing method used, you can purchase or activate the following four DataWorks products:

  • DataWorks (Pay-As-You-Go)
  • DataWorks resource packages (subscription)
  • DataWorks exclusive resources (subscription)
  • DataWorks advanced editions (subscription)
The following figure shows the billing items and purchase plans for these products.

The following table describes the relationships between the billing objects and billing items.

Pay-As-You-Go (post-payment)

DataWorks must be activated in Pay-As-You-Go (post-payment) mode. Only then can you use all the basic functions of DataWorks. For more information, see Pay-As-You-Go (post-payment).

Subscription (pre-payment)

  • DataWorks advanced editions (subscription)

    DataWorks provides four advanced editions: Standard Edition, Professional Edition, Enterprise Edition, and Ultimate Edition. You can choose the edition that is most suitable for your business needs. For more information, see DataWorks advanced editions.

  • DataWorks resource packages (pre-payment)

    DataWorks provides resource packages of shared resource groups for scheduling, shared resource groups for Data Integration instances, and App Studio development environments. You can use these resource packages to lower your costs. For more information, see DataWorks resource packages.

  • DataWorks exclusive resources (subscription)

    DataWorks provides three types of exclusive resources for you to choose from: exclusive resources for scheduling, exclusive resources for Data Integration instances, and App Studio production environments. These resources deliver optimal performance assurance. For more information, see DataWorks exclusive resources.