This topic describes the billing items of ECS and billing methods of ECS resources.
The price of an ECS resource may vary by region. For more information about ECS resource prices, see the Pricing tab on the Elastic Compute Service page.
|ECS instance||You are billed based on the instance type that you choose. The instance type determines the number of vCPUs and the size of memory that you can use.||
|Image||The image fees are determined based on the image type and your usage.||
|Elastic Block Storage device (cloud disk or local disk)||The disk fees are determined based on the disk capacity and duration of use.
Note Local disks must be created together with instances and cannot be purchased separately. Prices of local disks are included in those of the instances to which the local disks are attached.
||Elastic Block Storage devices|
|Public bandwidth||If you use a public IP address to access the Internet, you are charged only for the outbound public bandwidth.||
|Snapshot||The snapshot fees are determined based on the snapshot size and storage duration.||
ECS resources support the following billing methods: subscription and pay-as-you-go. You can combine different billing methods based on the ECS resource types to reduce costs. For more information, see Billing overview.
|Public bandwidth||For an instance that uses a public IP address, you can change its billing method for network usage by upgrading or downgrading the configurations of the instance.||Change the billing method for network usage|
When a subscription instance expires, the services it provides may be affected. To continue to use the instance, you must renew it within the specified period. Otherwise, instance resources such as vCPUs, memory, and disks are released and their stored data is lost. For more information about renewal, see Renewal overview.
- Bank card
Alibaba Cloud pre-authorizes your PayPal account after your pay-as-you-go resources start to incur fees.
- Paytm (India)
Only for users in India. Alibaba Cloud pre-authorizes your Paytm account after your pay-as-you-go resources start to incur fees.
Before you purchase ECS resources, you must bind a bank card, PayPal account, or Paytm (India) account to your Alibaba Cloud account. For more information, see Add a payment method in Account Management.
If you want to purchase ECS resources in mainland China, you must complete real-name verification. For more information, see the How can I complete real-name registration? section in Real-name registration FAQs of Account Management.