Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch and Logstash clusters support the subscription and pay-as-you-go billing methods. This topic describes the billing rules of pay-as-you-go Elasticsearch and Logstash clusters.
Pay-as-you-go is a billing method that allows you to pay only for resources that you actually use. The pay-as-you-go billing method provides the following features:
- You can purchase pay-as-you-go clusters on demand. You do not need to purchase a large number of resources in advance.
- During the use of pay-as-you-go clusters, you can switch their billing methods based on your business requirements. For more information, see Switch the billing method of a cluster from pay-as-you-go to subscription.
- You can release or scale in pay-as-you-go clusters based on your business requirements to reduce costs.
For more information about the billable items and billing rules of pay-as-you-go Elasticsearch and Logstash clusters, see Elasticsearch billable items and Logstash billable items.
You are billed for your pay-as-you-go Elasticsearch and Logstash clusters every hour on the hour (in UTC+8). A new billing cycle starts after the previous bill is paid. If the sum of your account balance and vouchers is less than the amount due indicated on the bill, the system sends you a notification by text message or email.
If the sum of your account balance and vouchers is less than 0, the system may suspend your cluster and send you a suspension notification. You must top up your account within a specific period. If you do not top up your account within this period, the system suspends or releases your cluster. For more information about the changes in the status of a cluster after a payment becomes overdue, see
Overdue payments and cluster suspension or release